Center Leaders

Shambhala is a mandala (a web of relationships) continually evolving around the core principle of basic goodness and the path of individual and social enlightenment. All parts of the mandala are completely interdependent, inseparable from the center of the mandala and from each other.

The organizational structure of the mandala, includes the Three Pillars of Shambhala: Government, Practice and Education, and Dorje Kasung (Protection). The three pillars are represented at many Shambhala Centers. Several important societal functions, such as Societal Health and Well-Being, Culture and Decorum, the Arts, and the Treasury, are incorporated in the three pillars framework.

Shambhala governance is based on realizing the inseparability of the secular and the sacred. This means that Shambhala governance simultaneously embodies the essence of the Shambhala Buddhist teachings, supports the unfolding of those teachings, and is itself a teaching, a practice, and a path.

All Brunswick Portland Shambhala Meditation Center members are welcome to participate in Shambhala governance through the Brunswick Portland Shambhala Council.

We encourage you to share your inspiration, questions, suggestions, concerns, or other thoughts with any of the Brunswick Portland Shambhala Center’s leaders, face to face or otherwise. Email contacts are listed below.

Governing Council

Center Director- Kathy Meade

                 email: [email protected]       

Finance Officer- Roland Mendiola & Claire Schroeder

               email: [email protected]

Practice & Education- Karen Monahan

                email: [email protected]

Kasung- Tim Fuller

               email: [email protected]

Societal Health & Wellbeing- Frank Sanfilippo, Jana Coffin

Membership- Kathy Meade

Brunswick Center Coordinator- Peggy Christian

Portland Center Coordinator- Kudra MacCalliech

Communications Coordinator- Joan Carney

                email: [email protected]