If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.
Our governing council meets once a month to hold the business and community activities of the group. Each meeting is open to all.
The Governing Council of Nashville SHambhala Meditation Group met on Sunday October 14th for it’s regular monthly meeting. Ion attendance was Leslie Gossett, Mary Ann Fricko, Jon Stone, Jill Bates, Amy Warren, Tyler Hume, Paul Felton and Joe Smith with one non member present.
The one topic for this meeting was our identity locally as it relates to Shambhala USA and its global counterparts. In the spring of 2018 Project Sunshine released a series of reports with sexual misconduct allegations directed at Shambhala's teacher, lineage holder and leader, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Additionally Project Sunshine implicated the legal board, the Kalapa Council of complicity in that misconduct. Since that time the KC has been resigned and SMR has stepped down from his teaching and leadership duties.
We began our meeting with a reflection led by Leslie on our personal lineage. Who has influenced or significantly altered our life's trajectory? Who influenced them, and before them? How might we be influencing those we know? This is our personal lineage and it is one that goes deep into history and will continue.
Then we had an open discussion on the future of Nashville Shambhala, our vision and how the brand, legacy and influence of Shambhala as an organization, history and lineage relate to that vision. We began that discussion with a big piece of paper to visually represent these things as reference. (See that paper attached to these minutes). Everyone contributed something to the paper. It attempted to layout the relationship between the Shambhala organization, its former leaders, its lineage, including the mythical Kingdom of Shambhala in the sky), our local city, organization and people, the implication of the Shambhala Brand (TM) with it's curriculum, the continuity and community of a vast number of centers and groups around the world (houses), the thread and view of the T E A C H I N G S, and that at the top of this view is our basic goodness.
Each attendee was given an opportunity to share their thoughts. The following is an overview of this discussion:
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