Membership

 

Becoming a member of the Shambhala Meditation Group is a statement about your personal inspiration, curiosity, and commitment to the path of awakening. It means participating in a community of practitioners who aspire to relate to each other with honesty, warmth, and openness. We inspire one another to deepen our practice of mindfulness, awareness, and compassion. We also provide each other an opportunity to practice compassion and patience.

We invite anyone interested in our Shambhala Group to consider becoming a member. Becoming a member of our Group simultaneously brings membership in Shambhala, a global community committed to cultivating mindfulness, awareness and compassion―personally and in society.

Membership is a way to express appreciation for what Shambhala provides and help make it available to others. This is reflected in three areas of engagement and support:

  • Practicing meditation. Making a connection to mindfulness-awareness meditation and/or related contemplative practice and integrating that practice into daily life is considered the best way for members to support Shambhala and benefit
  • Volunteering.  Most of the work of our centre and the Shambhala global community is done by volunteers. Giving our time and talents to the work of the community is a vital form of support and viewed as part of members’
  • Providing financial support. Our centre relies on membership donations to pay our basic operating expenses, and we view financial offering as part of our practice as well.

 

Benefits of Membership

While membership is mainly an expression of appreciation and support, it brings several benefits. These include:

  • Ongoing, personal instruction with a qualified and experienced meditation instructor
  • Shambhala International news services and announcements
  • Access to Shambhala International members resources
  • Access to the our Centre’s library of books, videos and recordings
  • Eligibility to participate in Centre governance
  • Charitable donation tax receipts
  • The joy and merit of helping the tradition of meditation to flourish and benefit others

 

How to Join and Donate

You can become a member and contribute dues or donations through any of the following simple means:Flags

  • Email shambhalatruro@gmail.com and ask for a membership form – OR –
  • Download a membership form (PDF file). Once you’ve printed it and filled it in, you can bring it to our weekly Wednesday night public meditation sitting.