Introduction to Shambhala Governance

Update (December 15, 2014): Shambhala’s organizational structure now includes a fourth pillar: Economy.

Shambhala is a mandala (a web of relationships) continually evolving around the core principle of basic goodness and the path of individual and social enlightenment. All parts of the mandala are completely interdependent, inseparable from the centre of the mandala and from each other.

The Shambhala MandalaEnlarge image in new tab/window

The drawing above shows the organizational structure of the mandala, including the “Three Pillars of Shambhala.” The three pillars are Government, Practice and Education, and Dorje Kasung (Protection).

While some terms in the drawing will be unfamiliar to people new to Shambhala, the three pillars are represented at many Shambhala Centres. Several important societal functions, such as Societal Health and Well-Being, Culture and Decorum, the Arts, and the Treasury, are incorporated in the three pillars framework.

Shambhala governance is based on realizing the inseparability of the secular and the sacred. This means that Shambhala governance simultaneously embodies the essence of the Shambhala Buddhist teachings, supports the unfolding of those teachings, and is itself a teaching, a practice, and a path. Learn more on the Shambhala Governance page (in the Members area on Shambhala’s central website).

All Victoria Shambhala Centre members are welcome to participate in Shambhala governance through the Victoria Shambhala Council. To learn about meetings, go to the Council Meeting listings; to see who does what, go to the Centre Leaders webpage; and to participate online, visit the Victoria Shambhala Council group on the Shambhala Network.

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