Journey of the Shambhala Process Team – Year One

Our Journey as the Shambhala Process Team, from taking our seats on Shambhala Day in Feburary 2019 until February 2020, is documented here.


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We offer this culmination of our learnings, which was crafted by drawing on input from across the Process Team. Though a few PT members’ views differ significantly from what we have shared here, we have worked with our differing perspectives with open hearts and minds and have learned a great deal together. We are grateful to be able to share these lessons, as well as recommendations for Year 2, with the Shambhala community.

We would like to acknowledge and thank all members of the PT – past and present – for being willing to step forward into the unknown in order to be of benefit to the Shambhala community. We would also like to thank the members of the community who have sent us their thoughts, feedback, and encouragement over the last 12 months.

In the coming year, we look forward to engaging more deeply with the community as a whole, and to helping create effective spaces for us, together, to process the challenges facing Shambhala. We thank you for reading this document, and we welcome and encourage your feedback and participation as we move forward together.

Here is a brief over view of the contents of this document:

I.   Introduction

II.  Specific PT Initiatives Emerging from Year 1

III. Some Learnings: Creating Spaces that Work

IV. What is Emerging, Part 1: Need to Initiate a Community-Wide Process

V.  What is Emerging, Part 2: Potential Next Steps for the PT

VI. Conclusions

VII. Appendices:

      1. Summary of PT Working Group activities
      2. Process Team Strategic Aims
      3. Outline of the 2019 draft Shambhala Code of Conduct
      4. The lha, nyen, and lu of effective working spaces
      5. Helpful and challenging patterns within Process Team Working Groups
      6. Impact of design challenges on Process Team overall effectiveness