Phoenix Shambhala Leadership

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Next Community Meeting
The Phoenix Shambhala Meditation Center welcomes you to our next Community Meeting on Sunday, March 17, 11:30am MST. Please visit the calendar listing for agenda details and how to join.

Leadership Teams

Phoenix Shambhala leadership is grounded in the basic inspiration of supporting and expanding a community in which people can dedicate themselves to building Shambhala society and propagating the vision of Shambhala.

The leadership of the Phoenix Center is a team model with Team Leads working together with small groups of sangha members. We welcome participation from the community wherever they wish to contribute; please contact us if you’d like to join one or more teams.

Leadership Team
Jim Duetsch
Sydney Chiefetz
Chris Glore
Cindy Sagers

Leadership Resources

For our community meetings, we attempt to hold the view of the Great Eastern Sun, mindful speech, and the Six Paramitas:

1. Generosity: convey warmth, kindness, and friendliness; give others the benefit of doubt.
2. Discipline: refrain from dominating conversations; step back to allow collective wisdom to emerge.
3. Patience: communicate openness and open-mindedness, even when there is disagreement.
4. Exertion: listen actively; maintain curiosity and inquisitiveness about what others are saying; stay connected to the topic at hand.
5. Meditation: pause, check in before speaking; maintain a sitting practice.
6. Wisdom: practice discernment when deciding when to speak and when to listen.

When decisions must be made by the community, we use a Consent Model:

  • First present the possible decision as a statement (e.g., “We will hold salons once per month”) or question (e.g., “Do you agree to holding salons once per month?”).
  • Three possible responses:
    1. Thumbs up (for those who agree with the decision)
    2. Thumbs sideways (for those who have specific concerns, but still can live with the decision as stated)
    3. Thumbs down (for those who will block the decision, but they must present their concerns, and dialogue with the group to arrive at a revised decision with which they can at least live)
  • Address the concerns of sideways and down voters, then go around and reassess.
  • Repeat until everyone is thumbs up or sideways.


Please see the March 2019 meeting minutes, where the community agreed on these guidelines, for more information.


Phoenix Shambhala Finances

Please see our activity spreadsheet.

Previous Community Meeting Minutes