Coronavirus Precautions


We have cancelled or moved online most of our programs. Please see the program pages for details.

On 10 March 2020, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Declared a State of Emergency. The declaration of emergency responds mainly to state government procedures for handling coronavirus in its workplaces.

On 23 March 2020, the Commonwealth further declared “non-essential businesses to cease in-person operations” from noon March 24 through noon April 27.

We expect to hear an update from Mayor Walsh on May 18th with more detailed plans for a phased re-opening in the Boston area.

Resources for Boston Shambhala Center members

  1. Authoritative sources
    1. United States Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 Community and home preparation
    2. Commonwealth of Massachusetts COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment
    3. 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 you can do

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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. 


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!


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.


  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.