[headline_georgia_extra_large_centered color=”#000000″]Welcome to Project Sunshine![/headline_georgia_extra_large_centered]

Project Sunshine is a grass roots 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 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.

Many people are now involved with the project. Our focus is on bringing healing light to the violence in the community. 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.

The leadership in Shambhala International have stopped responding to communications from Project Sunshine and have distanced themselves from this community healing work; we are not currently in dialog with them. We hope in time they will come to value the work of Project Sunshine and choose to engage an authentic community healing process.

Currently we are raising funds for Project Sunshine Phase 2, an exciting and innovative world wide community healing model. Please join us in launching a true healing solution!


Our two most important links:

  1. Always keep up to date with Project Sunshine developments: Sign up for email updates
  2. Learn about and support Project Sunshine Phase 2


Project Sunshine Resources

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

Project Sunshine Phase 2 GoFundMe page
Project Sunshine Phase 2 Project Overview
Project Sunshine Phase 2 Use of Funds summary
Project Sunshine Phase 2 Budget Detail
Frequently Asked Questions

Project Sunshine Facebook Group – Coming soon!

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Blog posts by Andrea Winn and other Project Sunshine collaborators

What You May Not Know: Critical information that the Shambhala community needs to know

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


Aboriginal Toolkit Information

Mi’kmaq Community Engagement Toolkit on Sexual Violence
Responding to and Preventing Sexual Violence – Paqtnkek Project
Final Evaluation Report
Summary Evaluation Report 



Articles published as a result of Project Sunhine

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


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



Shambhala International Communications

Background: Facebook Post about Mitchell Levy made by Andrea Winn in the Shambhala Facebook group – February 9

Letter from Lady Diana – February 12

Kalapa Council Shambhala Community Letter Addressing Harm – February 12

Mitchell Levy’s statement of recrusal – February 16

Kalapa Council community update – March 9 

Kalapa Council Letter – March 19 

Letter from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche – March 22 




From Andrea:

My bodhisattva name is, Changchup Serpe – Enlightenment Gold Lotus.

I aspire for Project Sunshine to be an embodiment of this quality.