Dear Shambhala Community,
The Transition Task Force held its first Zoom meeting on Wednesday, August 1.
While we are just starting our work together and
have many unanswered
questions, we are writing to you now because transparency and community
involvement is important to us. We are in the process of setting up a website and
intend to be in weekly communication with you as our work progresses.
ing is a preview of who we are and what we will do.
We will send out a more
detailed introductory letter next week.
Task Force is a group of seven people with one facilitator who are
responsible for appointing a one
m Board and Process Team for
Shambhala. Debbie Coats,
an original Task Force appointee,
has decided to recuse
herself. Debbie explained her decision in this way:
In view of the allegations circulating on social media and the negativity that this is
ting towards myself and also towards the task force I am recusing myself from the
group with immediate effect. I feel that relating to the allegations is distracting me from
the work that is needed and is also obstructing the work of the task force.
role on the
Transition Task Force is to make
recommendations for and participate in the final selection of the Interim Board and
Process Team members.
Ani Pema also will be available for other key issues and
decisions that may arise.
e personal introductory information on each of us will come in our next letter.
In brief, our task is two
To Select and Appoint an Interim Board to serve for 1 year.
Board will assume all legal and fiduciary responsibilities previously held by the
Kalapa Council for Shambhala USA and Shambhala Canada. Shambhala Europe has
a different legal structure, and it is currently in transition from the previous
To Select and Appoint a Process Team.
Working in tandem with the Interim
the Process Team will
to develop an appropriate
and healthy governance structure for Shambhala world
The selection process will include input and recommendations received from the
What We Are Not:
We are not a board.
We are not a replacement group for the Kalapa Council.
We are not a leadership group.
We are not responsible for governance.
We are not responsible for developing a new governance structure.
What We Will Do:
The Task Force has a six
week appointment. During this time, we will:
Develop methods for receiving and evaluating community
wide input and
recommendations for Interim Boa
rd and Process Team members.
Meet at least once a week as a group.
Join in sub
committee meetings and work throughout the week.
Provide a forum or forums for communication and input.
Send weekly updates to the community and post our weekly meeting
Appoint members of a one
year Interim Board.
Appoint Process Team members
With answers to a few more questions, we will proceed to share next steps, which
will include recommendations for
initial criteria and desired qualifications for
Interim Board and Process Team
and the process for making your
have a short time to accomplish our tasks. We want the outcomes to match the
best aspirations of the community. Your patience, support, voices, and input will be
appreciated. You can contact us at
We are humbled and honored to help Shambhala begin to move forward toward
healing and transformation.
Charlene Leung, Acharya
Suzann Duquette, Ac
Sacamano, Kasung Shastri
Owyang, Regional Director