Coronavirus Precautions

Information

Nearly all of our programming is virtual. Starting the summer of 2021, we will start offering some limited in-person and hybrid activities with various safety measures in place. We encourage everyone to consider their own circumstances and take appropriate precautions. See below for more information on how we are addressing this pandemic:

Updates

May 29, 2021 – “People who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear masks in most settings or practice social distancing. And organizers of large outdoor gatherings, along with restaurants and other businesses, can end capacity restrictions due to COVID-19.”
Globe.com article Saturday marks the end of most COVID-19 restrictions in Massachusetts

April 30, 2021 – Massachusetts no longer requires masks while outdoors and physically distancing. The Commonwealth also announced important dates and phases for further easing of restrictions.
WBUR article: Mass. Loosens Outdoor Mask Mandate And Outlines Lifting Of COVID Rules

Resources for Boston Shambhala Center members

  1. Authoritative sources
    1. US CDC COVID-19 Guidance, particularly Considerations for Communities of Faith and Considerations for Community-Based Organizations 
    2. Mass.gov COVID-19 Updates and Information
    3. Mass.gov COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment
    4. City of Boston Coronavirus Information Page
  2. Internal resources
    1. The BSC team tasked with coordinating our response to this pandemic are:
      1. Max Roberts-Zirker, Executive Director
      2. John Ranco, Board Member
      3. Jim Katz, Rusung
    2. BSC respects your concerns and feedback about our mitigation efforts. Please email, text, or call with any questions or concerns to Rusung Jim Katz [email protected], cell 781.430.8512

What we are doing

Our activities are almost entirely held virtually. As we start to introduce in-person gatherings again, we take precautions such as requiring masks, providing for physical distancing, limiting participation, strengthening cleaning practices, and encouraging everyone to follow the guidance of scientists advising our federal, state and local governments.

What you can do

  1. Get vaccinated
  2. Familiarize yourself with good information. Wash your hands regularly. Get plenty of rest. Recognize that you may acquire, already have, or have had this illness without being aware of it. Be kind to yourself.
  3. If you are not feeling well for any reason, please stay home and take care of yourself. Follow the guidelines above. We hope to see you when you are feeling better
  4. When visiting the Shambhala Meditation Center:
    1. Try to limit the use of shared implements by bringing your favorite water bottle or travel mug. (Please bring them home with you.)
    2. Help clean at the end of a program. This could be considered a natural extension of putting cushions away.
    3. Self-isolate while sitting. Practically, this means leaving space between people. 

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Response to this situation can be framed in regard to societal health, going beyond the fear of our own personal situations and practicing care for others – particularly those more vulnerable. Each of us is subject to the countless external interactions we’ve experienced, and to some extent, that is out of our control.

We can control our responses, and those efforts can influence the spread of the disease. This is the focus or our response. Mitigating the spread has a powerful ripple effect on the society at large:

If we practice protective measures, our effort will buy time and resources for health care providers to handle the expected growth of cases. If those cases stay below the capacity limit, then they will be able to keep themselves and us safe. The red spike in cases  above is a worst-case scenario for health providers. It’s so critical to not burn out our health care workers!

Meditation

In such times of concern, noticing our our personal tendencies to amplify or downplay, continuing to practice – whether together or at home – are valuable, grounding and remind us of our larger perspective. We can work as a community to reduce the spread and intensity of coronavirus within our sphere of control, which is the Boston Shambhala Center facility itself. We are working to encourage coordinators and participants in gateway programs to clean and disinfect potential contact surfaces daily.

Action

  1. All shared utensils will be washed through the dishwasher. Hand washing is not sufficient to sanitize. Detailed instructions on how to handle overflows are being developed, and will be posted in this document..
  2. Program participants will be encouraged to help disinfect the center daily.