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Werma Vigil Day 21

Wow! Here we are at the 21st day of this vigil, and I am amazed at what a journey this has been!  Today I felt moved to dedicate my practice in one clear focus: May the raining wisdom create space … Continue reading

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Werma Vigil Day 20

I pray for the powerful presence of the Mother Lineage, to turn the tide of darkness in Shambhala. On the penultimate day of this werma vigil I dedicated my practice to Ösel Mukpo, aka Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and this was … Continue reading

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Werma Vigil Day 19

I pray for union of the sacred feminine and divine masculine, to bring the blessings now needed. Today I made a special dedication of my werma practice to the children of Shambhala – all of those who grew up in … Continue reading

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Werma Vigil Day 18

I call to the wisdom dakini and ask for her blessing. May there be auspicious benefit in right timing, right pacing. Today is one week since I injured my back. This has become a big part of my experience of … Continue reading

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Werma Vigil Day 17

I open my heart to the wisdom of the Mother Lineage, and I pray for your tender guidance in this vigil. The Shambhala teachings that I received during my time in the community focused on the masculine. I suspect little … Continue reading

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Werma Vigil Day 16

I call to the wisdom dakini and request her blessing. I’d first like to acknowledge the beginning of Trump’s impeachment trial. May the outcome of this trial serve to honour and protect our home, Mother Earth, and all of life … Continue reading

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Werma Vigil Day 15

I pray to the Wisdom Dakini to bless the final week of this Werma Vigil. To make a fuller, more celebratory offering for this final week, my intention is to write short daily blog posts. May love and healing spread … Continue reading

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Creating a better world post-#MeToo

I dearly love women. I deeply care about women. It hurts my heart every time I see a woman disregarded, dismissed, belittled, ignored, covered in lies,  sexually violated, physically assaulted, emotionally abused, or banished from a community because she spoke … Continue reading

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Dissolving the relationship between BPS and the news service

After a month of deep and heart-full discernment, the News Service volunteers, Jamie, Annette and I have decided to dissolve the connection between Buddhist Project Sunshine and the news service. They will no longer use the name Buddhist Project Sunshine … Continue reading

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The Healing is Taking Root in Buddhism

Two heartening updates to share today….   An important letter to Tibetan lamas A large group from Rigpa have written a letter to lamas teaching in the West, asking them to break their silence and speak out regarding disclosures of … Continue reading

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The impact of trauma on personal meditation practice

We had our first BPS community zoom call last weekend, and it was a very positive step for our community. In that call I shared some thoughts about meditation and trauma, and I’d like to share them again here. In … Continue reading

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Buddhist Project Sunshine: Closing One Chapter and Beginning Anew

Buddhist Project Sunshine: Closing One Chapter and Beginning Anew By Andrea Winn, Founder – September 28, 2018   There are important things to share today, as Buddhist Project Sunshine is shifting the focus of our work away from Shambhala and … Continue reading

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Thank you, Carol

  Carol and Andrea were on a zoom call with the women survivors just before releasing the Phase 3 report, and one of the women spontaneously said how grateful she is to Carol. She talked about how deeply compassionate Carol … Continue reading

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Assault survivors share why they are not participating in Shambhala’s Wickwire Holm investigation

  In the Kalapa Council email to the community two weeks ago, they attempted to deny allegations made by Ann in the Buddhist Project Sunshine Phase 3 report. We are aware that Ann’s story is shocking, and it takes time to ground … Continue reading

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BPS Healing Message

As promised, Buddhist Project Sunshine is offering a healing message today for everyone impacted by the situation in Shambhala, including those who have left the community. We understand we have now entered into a time of profound grief. The growing … Continue reading

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BPS Update September 6, 2018

BPS healing message coming soon We understand the distress and grief community members are experiencing after reading the Phase 3 report and learning of things none of us would ever have wanted to happen to students within this community. In … Continue reading

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BPS Phase 3 report coming next Thursday

After the last memo Buddhist Project Sunshine released on the alleged sexual assault in Chile, more women came forward with a deeper level of detail that I feel is important for the community to be aware of. BPS will publish our … Continue reading

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New BPS Administrative Assistant & BPS Feeding Your Demons event with Lama Tsultrim Allione

Buddhist Project Sunshine is developing into a more stable organization. Financial support is crucial for our stabilizing and continuing to serve as a beacon of sanity. Also, embracing a new level of volunteerism is going to be the way of the future for … Continue reading

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In gratitude for the Shambhala dakinis

These are times of startling brilliance. Waves of gratitude have been hitting my email inbox as community members express sincere thanks for the light Buddhist Project Sunshine has brought to abuses happening for decades within Shambhala. Thank you so much … Continue reading

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Buddhist Project Sunshine Update – July 19, 2018

I had a vision yesterday morning of rich, fertile, feminine earth. A place where we can all draw the strength needed to face what is occurring in Shambhala. A place where we can receive good nourishment for our spiritual practices … Continue reading

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Update On The Findings Of Sexual Misconduct Of The Sakyong

Buddhist Project Sunshine’s investigator, Carol Merchasin, has prepared an update on the findings of sexual misconduct of the Sakyong. An excerpt from her update: “Within 24 hours of the Phase II Report’s June 28thairing on the Buddhist Project Sunshine blog … Continue reading

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Let’s celebrate Andrea’s retirement and all that has been accomplished!

  Today I am retiring from a job that has been the hardest thing I have ever done – cracking open healing light on a deeply suppressed systemic infestation of sexual abuse within the most precious Shambhala community. I would … Continue reading

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Andrea’s last words

I’m hanging up my social activist hat tomorrow. My activist retirement has been on the horizon for a week now, and tomorrow will be the official day. I hope you will join me in a little celebration tomorrow of the … Continue reading

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Horizon Analysis of the Sakyong’s “apology” letter

  We all grew up with caregivers, and we looked to them to help us sort things out. Then some of us grew up and engaged spiritual traditions with leaders who we looked to for answers. At some point, however, … Continue reading

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Buddhist Project Sunshine Phase 2 Wrap Up: Report To Be Released Thursday June 28th

  Dear Noble Sangha, Happy Summer Solstice! Today is the day of most sunlight of the entire year and an auspicious day to release the light of Buddhist Project Sunshine. The project is wrapping up, and we’ve got three important … Continue reading

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Protected: A new vision for Buddhism in the West

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Healing trauma in Shambhala and other Buddhist communities

Dear friends, I am hearing from a growing number of people who feel traumatized by reading social media, specifically from reading posts on the Shambhala Facebook page and the Shambhala Office of Social Engagement Facebook page. I am very interested … Continue reading

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Project Sunshine has evoked a flow of goodness – Let’s celebrate!

This image of a snow capped mountain, warmed by the sun, so that the glacier can melt into a stream of pure turquoise water – this is what seems to be happening now for Shambhala. I have important news to … Continue reading

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April 28 Campaign Update

We are heading into the last 3 days of the campaign, as it closes on Monday. This is a time to bring focus and clarity to achieving the success needed at this time for this work to move forward. Thank … Continue reading

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What could an abuse-free Shambhala look like?

 Spring Romance, by Karen Tarlton I was having an exploratory conversation with someone on the Project Sunshine team yesterday, and he said,  “I want to help make Shambhala safe. We all want to be safe, we all want to be loved. … Continue reading

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Is there really a problem?

  I think there is a part in most, if not all, of us that hopes this is all a dream, and that we will wake up and everything will be the way it used to be. But you know, … Continue reading

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A letter from a loving Kusung

  Life seems to come in waves, and the past two weeks I have found myself in conversation over tea with two of Trungpa Rinpoche’s long-term Kusung here in Halifax. These conversations have happened with care and mutual respect. I … Continue reading

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Shambhala citizens expanding the borders of this conversation

  I’m sharing a few more emails I’ve been getting from the community. All are shared with the writer’s permission.   ~~~~~~~   Just remember that whatever happens that you changed the dynamic and the discourse for the entire Shambhala … Continue reading

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Words from a Seattle, WA citizen of Shambhala who “wants to do what is right”

  Whatever happens with this Project Sunshine Phase 2, know you’re on a path of growth and healing. And you’re helping all of us Shambhalians go along that path too. Project Sunshine opened up an abyss of darkness and shone … Continue reading

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Advice for how to relate with this controversial time

  This is a very controversial time. The world is rocking with the current political environment. Buddhism is rocking with the increasing revelations of violence and sexual abuse. And on top of that, there are always things happening in our own … Continue reading

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A message from Karmê Chöling

  “Thank you Andrea! I’m so grateful for all you are doing, it’s amazing. I stand behind you. I want you to know I live at Karme Choling and yesterday we had a community meeting about Project Sunshine and the … Continue reading

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How did Project Sunshine come to have a patron saint, St. Joseph?

People continue to say to me how stunned they are that I could have accomplished so much for the Shambhala community in such a short time. They are startled by my bravery and perseverance in the face of all the … Continue reading

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#ShambhalaMeToo

============ Project Sunshine is announcing a new initiative today: #ShambhalaMeToo. We want to empower you to share your stories of how MeToo in our community is impacting you, and what your dreams for a positive resolution look like. Now is … Continue reading

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How do we trust, in this time of the abuse coming out?

I have been asked to be not only a truth teller, but also a comforter in this time of change within our community. My words today come from a place of comforting. People are struggling with many things right now, … Continue reading

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What You May Not Know

Critical information that the Shambhala community needs to know  I am proud that Project Sunshine pushed Shambhala International to publicly acknowledge the abuse problem in our community. They worked hard to compose a public statement to release days before the … Continue reading

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