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Buddhist Project Sunshine

The sun rising over Halifax Harbour (Photo taken by Andrea Winn)

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Buddhist Project Sunshine is a grass roots independent healing initiative started by second-generation Shambhalian, Andrea Winn, in February 2017 for the Shambhala Buddhist community and people who were forced to leave this community. She wrote the Phase 1 Final Report (available below) at the end of the first year of the project, and this caused the Shambhala leadership to publicly acknowledge the widespread sexualized violence in the community.

The Phase 2 report led to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the head of the community, stepping down from all duties, and the leading governing body, the Kalapa Council, resigned en masse.

Many people are now involved with the project. Our focus is on bringing healing light to the violence in the community through professionally investigated allegations against the top leaders. We understand sexualized violence occurs within other patterns of violence, including emotional and spiritual bullying, racism, homophobia, and other oppressions. We are also working with people from other Buddhist communities who have experienced similar issues.

Our biggest contributions have been through (1) professional investigative work, and (2) offering moderated social media discussion forums for people to discuss these issues and how they are experiencing them on a personal level.

We ran out of funding in November 2018 and are currently limited to our core service of providing updates about criminal investigations into Osel Mukpo (aka Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche). With no funds to operate, we are going into “sleep mode”. We would love to open our doors again in 2019 with secure funding  for our activities.

If you would like to be part of this noble initiative, please support our work: GoFundMe page

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Buddhist Project Sunshine Resources

Buddhist Project Sunshine Phase 1 report This is the groundbreaking report that caused Shambhala Leadership to publicly admit the widespread sexualized violence in the Shambhala community

Buddhist Project Sunshine Phase 2 report This is  report led to the Kalapa Council resigning en masse and the Sakyong stepped down from all duties pending an investigation into his alleged sexual assaults.

Buddhist Project Sunshine Phase 3 report This report detailed more serious allegations against Osel Mukpo (aka Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche), including sex with underage girls.

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Articles published as a result of Buddhist Project Sunshine

Healing sexualized violence in the Shambhala Buddhist community, Justin Whitaker

Healing a Heart and a Community: Andrea Winn and Project Sunshine, Justin Whitaker, Buddhist Door Global

BUDDHIST GROUP ADMITS ‘ABHORRENT SEXUAL BEHAVIOR’ BY TEACHERS, Tim Porter, Newsweek, US Edition

Shambhala International Owns Up to Past Abuse, But What Comes Next Remains Unclear, Wendy Joan Biddlecombe, Tricycle

Beerput van seksueel wangedrag open bij Shambhala, Joop Ha Hoek

How Did It Happen? Understanding and Healing Abuse in Buddhist Communities, Sandra Pawula

Shambhala, The Largest Western Tibetan Buddhist Organization, admits abuse by its leaders, Justin Whitaker

Buddhist group admits sexual abuse by teachers, Sarah Marsh, The Guardian

Note: These are the first articles published as a result of BPS. There have been many, many more published over the past few months. Simply do a Google search to see more!

Shambhala International Communications

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Andrea M. Winn, MEd, MCS,  founded Buddhist Project Sunshine in February 2017. She was brought up in the Shambhala Buddhist community and has been meditating for over 40 years. She has Masters degree level training in trauma healing. Andrea brings her foundation of meditative discipline, healing gifts and her skill as a Coach to founding and leading Buddhist Project Sunshine, a project to bring healing light to the wound of sexualized violence in the Shambhala Buddhist community, and in Buddhist communities in the West. Get your copy of the ground breaking Project Sunshine Report that has rocked the community into a new age of awakening and healing. Also, see client testimonials about Andrea’s leadership coaching.