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.
General Council meeting 3/17
Joe, Katye, Shelbi, Brandon, Court, Leslie, Rick, Andrea Furlong, Andrea Mai, Danielle, Mary Anne, June, Amy, Tyler, Paul, Jill, Leann, Jon, Stacey
Current rent is $500
We have $11,000 in savings
Landlord discovered furnace wasn’t working. We have had no heat for a few months. The landlord gave us a space heater. The owner will not repair the furnace this year.
Some in the group wanted to renegotiate the terms of the lease given this.
Ask for refund for part of rent?
Check “General Facilities Maintenance” part of lease
Is this against Metro codes?
Tell landlord our issue? See if they can reduce rent for the months we haven’t had heat?
The point was made that our rent is so low that we may not have a lot of room to negotiate
Do we need to update electrical circuits? We can’t plug a lot of space heaters in at once
** Shelbi offered to talk to landlord with Joe
Is landlord trustworthy?
Is there a financial hardship for not fixing the heat issue?
Could we use yoga blankets?
** We can kindly set an expectation for facilities maintenance. Water fountains, toilet clogged, paper towels not dispensing, abandoned cars in lot have been issues. The abandoned cars were removed
** Read lease before talking to landlord
Are we dealing with two entities: owner and management company
We made a step last month to create space to explore implications of this motion and the arc and what’s been happening with Shambhala USA
Three options seem to be:
Do we remove ourselves and form a 501(3)c religious organization?
Our intent is to follow the Shambhala teachings
The letter is us writing to the interim board
Writing the letter happened before the motion to separate. It hasn’t been sent yet. Then the Kusung letter came out. Then the motion was made to separate
Can this statement be made within a Shambhala charter or do we have to step out?
Ask the group: Why are we considering leaving? What are the repercussions? Other groups are going through this too. The possibility that groups that leave could reform as an interconnected mandala
Danielle shared that the DC Shambhala is not in a regular Shambhala charter. They created their own non-profit and are a Shambhala center. DC is an independent legal center. They can provide the teachings.
One center (Southshore) left Shambhala USA
One shastri renounced her role — she formed another group
There is a legal dissolution fee
** Research more to understand the structure of DC Shambhala
Andrea Mai — the decision to leave or stay shouldn’t be influenced by what will happen to our money in savings
Amy — if we leave, what happens to the teachings?
We lose access to the curriculum and we couldn’t teach or lead courses here
Leslie — must be a member of Shambhala USA to attend larger events
Leslie — addendum to letter
Adjust letter, send, see response
Kalupa council has dissolved
The Court has dissolved
SMR lets people out of samaya bond who wants to be
Jill — if we stay with Shambhala, do we financially support SMR? No
Danielle — we don’t know about the future
Motion: to declare independence from Shambhala USA
*** Vote: 17-2 to stay
All present voted
Shelbi raised these important questions to ask based on what we've chosen to do
Rick — do we submit letter?
** Motion made to amend letter and voice concerns
Brandon — we should share group’s decision to stay — gives us power
Voting to stay is not complicity
Tyler — we need to get the letter out soon
June — expressed concern for those opposed to staying. We need to embrace them
The ability to hold two things at the same time
This letter is our commitment to participate
Leslie — lineage vs. legal/financial
We get caught in wanting to make samsara work for us, to be comfortable
Can we hold two things at once?
We can’t escape harming others
Tyler — functional (relative) vs. ultimate reality aren’t reconcilable
Jon — letter needs to go public
Short version should be available on our website
Removes the barriers to victims who want to come to our group
Court — it was important to make a statement — the community is the statement
SMR’s version of enlightened society is not what enlightened society will look like
Always be aware of our doubts and risks
Need time to work out issues of trust
Tyler — Develop a core team for resolving differences among membership
Suggestion box that is safe
** Post amended letter stating our stances
Could have a picnic gathering to discuss more about membership before April 15
It was noted that serious discussions would be better had in our meditations space
Nonviolent communication healing circle — Leslie
** Finish letter within two weeks
Joe, Andrea Mai, and Shelbi
Put it on our website and social media
Post on Shambhala network
1) Shelbi and Joe talk to landlord about lack of heat and facilities maintenance expectations
Read lease first
2) Amend letter and finish within two weeks. Joe, Andrea Mai, and Shelbi offered to work on this.
Send letter. Post on our website and social media. Post on Shambhala network