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Our community is diverse, capable, and heartfelt. Our members and friends include dedicated senior teachers who have walked the Shambhala Buddhist path for many years, and enthusiastic newcomers who are just discovering our teachings on realizing basic goodness and building enlightened society.

Becoming a member of the Shambhala Meditation Center of St Johnsbury 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 Center to consider becoming a member. Becoming a member of our Center simultaneously brings membership in Shambhala, a global community committed to cultivating mindfulness, awareness and compassion―personally and in society.


 What are the mechanics of membership?

Membership in the Shambhala Meditation Center of St Johnsbury is a way to express appreciation for what Shambhala provides and help make it available to others. This involves three areas of engagement and support:

Practicing meditation

Making a connection to mindfulness-awareness meditation or related contemplative practice and integrating this practice into daily life is considered the best way for members to support Shambhala and benefit the world and ourselves.

Volunteering

All of the work of our Center and much of the work of 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’ practice.

Providing financial support

We rely on membership dues to pay our basic operating expenses and view financial giving as part of our practice as well. Suggested Shambhala Meditation Center of  St. Johnsbury dues are $25 per month. Members are welcome to give more or less than these amounts as they feel inspired.  View our Generosity Policy for more information about the the Center’s commitment to offering our programs to those who are inspired to attend.

What are the benefits of membership?

Connection with our community by becoming a member helps support your practice and strengthen your understanding of Shambhala Buddhism in many ways:

  • Members receive ongoing meditation instruction with a personal meditation instructor
  • Members are invited to community events, programs, and classes.
  • Members receive a handsome membership pin
  • Automatic membership in Shambhala’s world-wide network is included
  • Access to member resources at www.shambhala.org is provided
  • Members will receive and have access to the “Bulletin Board”, an emailing list to share personal messages (sell furniture, recommend local events, etc.) with other Center members .

How do I join?

Fill out our membership form online or at the Center, and our Membership Coordinator will be in touch with you.

Not ready to join at this time?  Please consider making a donation in support of the Shambhala Meditation Center of St Johnsbury.

 

Those who are in the sangha are warriors, because they are trying to overcome samsara. Members of the sangha support one another and care for one another. They are not perfect, but they inspire us because they are people who want to deepen their practice of mindfulness, awareness and compassion. The sangha is also a container. When we practice together, the sangha helps our discipline. We realize that there are other people around who are going through the same thing. That gives us a feeling of encouragement.
– Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche