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Buddhist Project Sunshine Phase 3 Final Report


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.

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.

One of our biggest contributions is through offering a moderated social media discussion forum for people to discuss these issues and how they are experiencing them on a personal level. Read more about our discussion group below.

We are actively raising funds for Buddhist Project Sunshine. Please support our important work at the Buddhist Project Sunshine GoFundMe page.


Our two most important links:

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


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 Discussion Group – We are pleased to offer this discussion space to explore an inspiring and honouring new approach to sangha that dismantles past abusive practices and behaviours. 

Buddhist Project Sunshine Facebook Group

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Audio recordings

Recording of Buddhist Project Sunshine Live Q & A Call

CBC News interview with Andrea Winn and Joshua Silberstein, chair of Kalapa Council


Blog posts by Andrea Winn

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?


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

A message from Karmê Chöling

Advice for how to relate with this controversial time

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

Shambhala citizens expanding the borders of this conversation

Is there really a problem?

What could an abuse-free Shambhala look like?

April 28 Campaign Update

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


Aboriginal Toolkit Information – A process we would like to adapt for Shambhala’s community healing 

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 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


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 





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Andrea M. Winn, MEd, MCS,  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 Buddhist communities. Get your copy of the ground breaking Project Sunshine Report that has rocked the Shambhala Buddhist community into a new age of awakening and healing. Also, see client testimonials about Andrea’s leadership coaching. [/features_box_paper_white]