Harvest of Peace

September 23rd (2018)

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    Room: Main Meditation Hall

    You are invited to join our celebration of Harvest of Peace. We will mark this community day with food, conversation, group meditation, and chanting. We will also hold an important community meeting as part of the day's events.

    This event takes the place of our regular Sunday morning Public Sitting.

    Harvest of Peace is a Nyida Day. "Nyi" comes from "Nyima" meaning sun, and "da" comes from "dawa" meaning moon, so together Nyida is the name given to the holidays where we mark the seasonal solstice and equinox days.  So Harvest of Peace is one of our opportunities to focus on community and to mark the changing of seasons as a sangha or community.


    There is no cost to attend this event, but please let us know you'll be joining us by registering below. Donations are always welcome, in our collection box or online.

    Schedule for the Day

    8 - 9 am: Shambhala Sadhana (open to all for this celebration)
    9:30 - 10 am: Public Sitting
    10:30 am: Community Meeting (please see the agenda below)
    12 pm: Lunch (potluck)

    You are welcome to attend any or all of the events for the day, but we hope as many people as possible will attend the Community Meeting.

    Community Meeting Agenda for September 23, 10:30 am

    We have two major decisions to make as a community in light of the recent disruptions that have occurred in Shambhala, and these will be the topics of our community meeting:

    1. How do we wish to handle the photos of the Sakyong and Chögyam Trungpa in the Center and on the shrines?
    2. Do we wish to continue making our $200 monthly contribution to Shambhala International?

    Please read on for more discussion of these issues if you wish, and contemplate your responses to these two questions. We hope to include everyone in the discussion at our community meeting on September 23, and if possible, reach a consensus decision.

    If you are unable to attend the meeting, or if you prefer your responses to be confidential, please email us at [email protected] and we will collect your responses to be read during the meeting. (Please note in your email if you wish your response to remain anonymous when read at the meeting.)

    1. Photos of the Sakyong and Chögyam Trungpa

    The recent allegations regarding Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and the historic conduct of Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche have led many people to ask why we continue to display photos of them in our centers and on our shrines. Centers and groups have wrestled with the question of whether images should be removed, covered, or remain in their current place. The Phoenix Sangha, at our August community meeting, discussed this issue and determined that a larger community conversation should occur.

    There are a number of possibilities regarding the photos of the Sakyong and Chögyam Trungpa in the Center. We would like to share these options, then invite you to bring your responses to the community meeting. If you have additional suggestions to make regarding the photos, please bring these as well.

    A note about discomfort and triggers:

    When we discuss the possibility of the photos being a trigger for people in our Center, we are not simply discussing preferences. Triggers are a function of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and victims of sexual abuse or assault at are a particularly high risk for developing PTSD symptoms. Please see this article for more information: Battling PTSD Triggers: The Effects of Sexual Assault.

    Options for shrine photos

    • Remove all shrine photos
    • Cover all shrine photos
    • Convert one shrine to a different style that does not use photos
    • Leave all photos as they currently are

    Options for community room photos

    • Remove all photos and store them
    • Remove only the photo of the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo
    • Move one or both photos to another area, such as the library
    • Leave all photos as they currently are

    2. Monthly contribution to Shambhala International

    The Phoenix Shambhala Center contributes $200 per month to Shambhala International (technically the entity known as Shambhala Global Services) via the Unified Giving Model. According to the August 15 Finance Report to the Shambhala Community, Shambhala Global Services is fully dependent on Unified Giving transfers and donations from Shambhala Centers and members.

    Shambhala Global Services provides the following to local Shambhala Centers and Groups:

    • Practice & Education Pillar - program planning, scheduling and support; curriculum development and support; training and support of teachers, meditation instructors and guides.
    • Government Pillar - Support and mentorship of regional and center leadership.
    • Dorje Kasung Pillar - Ongoing support of Dorje Kasung curriculum development, classes and trainings.
    • Economy Pillar - Ongoing work to develop Pillar of Economy teachings, curriculum, and retreats. 
    • Finance - Accounting, banking, reporting, regulatory filings, tax receipts, insurance, and payroll. 
    • Communications - Ongoing emails to all members regarding community updates and programming, dissemination of translations, media relations, website updates.
    • IT - Shambhala database maintenance, website maintenance, compliance with applicable privacy laws.
    • Office of Culture and Decorum - Works with Shambhala holidays, celebrations, ceremonies.

    Unified Giving also funds certain activities within the Sakyong Potrang.** The Sakyong Potrang entities house all the charitable work of the Sakyong lineage in support of Shambhala, as well as other charitable lineage activities. These entities support the lineage succession of Sakyongs and hold lineage texts, sacred sites, ritual implements, trademarks, and copyrights.

    The above is condensed from the August 15 Finance Report to the Shambhala Community. For more information, please see the full report.

    **Update: The September 20 Finance Report Update to the Shambhala Community includes clarifications about the Sakyong Potrang and its funding. Please see the full report (Shambhala account login required), which includes the following statement:

    Going forward, transfers from Shambhala Global Services to the Sakyong Potrang will fund only the reduced expense levels in categories two and three - Teaching Support and Leadership & Other. Lineage & Parsonage expenses will be funded by direct donations to the Sakyong Potrang. These donations are currently the sole source of revenue for the ongoing financial support of the Sakyong, the Sakyong Wangmo, and their family.

    A recent financial analysis by Phoenix Chagdzö (treasurer) Andre Shearer indicates a good position for our Center's current finances. The forecast for the second half of 2018 is lower due to fewer programs being scheduled, but still within acceptable limits. Please see the August blog post for the full analysis and our financial report spreadsheet for detailed numbers from 2017 and 2018.