Dart­mouth Shamb­hala group down­sizes

De­clin­ing at­ten­dance doesn’t ap­pear to be a fac­tor of Bud­dhist Project Sun­shine al­le­ga­tions, says co­or­di­na­tor.

The Coast - - THE CITY - BY STEPHANIE DOMET

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Dart­mouth Shamb­hala Med­i­ta­tion from any­one that they are choos­ing not to Group is giv­ing up its rented space at the come be­cause of the re­cent al­le­ga­tions of MacPhee Cen­tre for Cre­ative Learn­ing and sex­ual and clergy mis­con­duct, al­though that will no longer reg­u­larly bring in teach­ers to is al­ways a pos­si­bil­ity.” ad­dress a dwin­dling group of par­tic­i­pants, What­ever the rea­son, the Dart­mouth group says Mar­garet An­gus, the group’s co­or­di­na­tor. is one of many Shamb­hala Cen­tres see­ing a

An­gus has been with the group since it de­cline in mem­ber­ship. was es­tab­lished in 2006. She re­mem­bers a In July of this year, Michelle Munro of the more ro­bust at­ten­dance in those days, with Hal­i­fax Shamb­hala Cen­tre told The Coast that meet­ings of up to 30 peo­ple on a reg­u­lar the Hal­i­fax cen­tre had lost “a small per­cent­ba­sis. age” of mem­bers.

“We’ve been see­ing a trend for the past two “Any loss of mem­bers is chal­leng­ing as comto three years of low at­ten­dance with a small mu­nity and im­pact­ful to our fi­nan­cial sta­bil­core group (half a dozen, give or take) com­ing ity,” said Munro. reg­u­larly and oth­ers drop­ping in oc­ca­sionThe New York City Shamb­hala cen­tre, faced ally,” she says in an email in­ter­view. with ris­ing rent, di­min­ish­ing rev­enues and

An­gus says, as far as she knows, peo­ple at­ten­dance, will close its doors this month, aren’t fall­ing away be­cause of al­le­ga­tions pub­though it is in search of a new space. lished this year in sev­eral Bud­dhist Project Still, An­gus says, the Dart­mouth group reSun­shine re­ports. mains open to new­com­ers.

Sev­eral former and cur­rent mem­bers of the “We want folks to know that we will con­tinShamb­hala Bud­dhist com­mu­nity have made ue to be a wel­com­ing, sup­port­ive com­mu­nity al­le­ga­tions rang­ing from the com­mu­nity ded­i­cated to ex­plor­ing and deep­en­ing medishun­ning those who com­plain about sex­u­al­ta­tion prac­tice. All are wel­come, in­clud­ing ized vi­o­lence to more se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions of those with­out med­i­ta­tion ex­pe­ri­ence.” sex­ual as­sault. Some of the lat­ter al­le­ga­tions Start­ing in Jan­uary, the Dart­mouth Shamb­have been lev­elled against Osel Mukpo, also hala group will hold its gath­er­ings at the known as Mipham J. Mukpo, and known Alder­ney Gate Li­brary. The move from the within the Shamb­hala com­mu­nity as Saky­ong MacPhee cen­tre means no more ac­cess to storMipham Rin­poche. age fa­cil­i­ties, so at its fi­nal meet­ing of 2018, on

“Our core group mem­bers have re­mained De­cem­ber 10, the group will try to sell off its con­sis­tent,” An­gus says. “We have not heard med­i­ta­tion benches and cush­ions.

pod­cast is re­ally in­ex­haustible. I am not kid­ding to say we could go back and re-record ev­ery sin­gle episode with new guests talk­ing about dif­fer­ent yet

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