2012 budget for Shambhala Day

Provisional 2012 International Budget
Here is the way we plan to use the funds raised on Shambhala Day. It is set out in a way that we hope helps everyone see even more clearly than before what we will be investing in! Items introduced for the first time in 2011 and proposed for this coming year are marked NEW with the year.

1. Supporting the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo – $111,000
• Direct support to them throughout the year for their leadership, writing and teaching.

2. Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo staff and court support – $375,294
• Sakyong and Court Staff Salaries: Secretary, Editor, Editorial and Media Assistant, Travel Coordinator, Kusung, Attendants, Machen.
• Cost for travel, communications and related expenses for the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo and the court staff who travel with them.

3. Support for Lamas – $22,200
• Lady Konchok & Lama Pegyal

4. Kalapa Council and Executive Director – $113,730
• President, Chagdzö – reimbursement of volunteer expenses
NEW 2011: Full time Executive Director
NEW 2011: Part time administrative assistant for Executive Director
• Governance Meetings

5. Acharyas and Shamhala Office of Practice & Education – $205,730
NEW 2011: Full time salary and travel for the Kalapa Acharya
• Acharya meetings
• Full time salary for the Director of Practice and Education
• Two full time practice and education staff salaries
NEW 2012: administrative support for acharyas with specialized portfolios
in Practice and Education

6. Dorje Kasung – $91,160
• Part time salary for the Kasung Kyi Khyap,
NEW 2012:Full time salary for the Executive Officer
• Miscellaneous administrative expenses.
• Kasung Land loan at Dorje Denma Ling

7. Centre and Group Support, Communications, Publicity and Information Technology – $394,500
NEW 2011: Full time salary for the Director of Centre and Group Support
• Salaries for the equivalent of 6 full time staff to develop and maintain our database, websites, Shambhala Times, and the Shambhala network, and to support our global international communications and online services
• Computers, servers and networks for Shambhala’s communications worldwide
NEW 2012: International support for Multilingualism and Multiculturalism
NEW 2012: International support for Young Sangha Development

8. Centre of the Mandala Properties – $242,300
• Halifax Court – Taxes, Insurance, Utilities, Maintenance and Mortgage payments
• Kalapa Valley

9. Finance and Development – $254,810
• Salaries for 3 full time and 3 half time staff, and fundraising expenses

10. Administrative costs – $230,445
• Legal, Insurance, Building Costs, Bank & Credit Card Processing Charges

TOTAL: $2,041,169

What the International Budget means

Our provisional international budget for 2012 amounts to approximately 10% of our mandala’s total annual turnover (involving all centres, groups and major practice centres) of $19.1 million.

Half of our annual revenue comes in the form of regular monthly income. This includes monthly donations, revenue transfers from our land and city centres and Shambhala Europe, and revenue from international programs such as Warrior Assembly, Enlightened Society Assembly, Sacred World Assembly, and so on.

The other half comes from one-time donations from all our members around the world.

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Shambhala Day – Looking Ahead

Shambhala Day this year is on 22 February. The Sakyong will address our community starting at 2:00pm Atlantic Time.

A full message listing the schedule of events and recommendations for observing Shambhala Day is being sent to all Shambhala Centres and Groups.

This year’s Shambhala Day film is Making the Impossible Possible. It will feature the the Sakyong’s Shambhala Day command and his “Basic Goodness” campaign, glimpses of the mandala-wide Kalapa Governance Gatherings, a compassion-in-action documentary filmed in Chile, and news of two feature films, one released in 2011 and the other about to appear in 2012 — and the Sakyong’s new book, Running with the Mind of Meditation.


This year we are going to do something we never have done before: raise our entire international budget in one single campaign, climaxing on Shambhala Day.

We also want to make it far more possible for everyone to make a contribution. So we are going to send everyone a personalized individual request, based on the gifts each person has given previously. We are going to make a special effort to include people who may have felt excluded by the way we did things before.

We are doing this with the aspiration that everyone will feel part of a collective community effort to reach our goal. 

To understand how fund-raising fits with the Sakyong’s vision for the relevance of Shambhala in these troubled times, please see President Reoch’s latest filmed message speaking about what our gifts mean. (If you were a donor in the second half of last year, you will have seen some of the material this short film already…)
January 2012 Vision your gift 720

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Kalapa Council Update January 2012

Welcome to 2012. Our update begins with an introduction to forthcoming events and gatherings in the mandala. The update is listed below with links to each section. If you are interested in reading previous Kalapa Council updates and reports, which we hope help give you an overview of our Shambhala world, please click on the following links: Who is the Kalapa Council?, and our previous updates: Summer 2011, Winter 2010, Summer 2010.

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January 2012: Forthcoming Events and Gatherings

We have received important feedback from many centres and groups about how we can better help everyone plan their participation in international events. Shambhala centres and groups have asked us to be much clearer in making our suggestions. In particular, it would help to be clearer about what is essential and what is optional. This would help everyone decide what will work best in their local situation. So to help with everyone’s planning for this coming year, we are trying to be clearer about the most essential elements and qualities of each event. Centres and groups can then shape their local events in the way that feels most appropriate to their local energy.
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January 2012: NEW BOOK: Running with the Mind of Meditation

We are delighted to confirm that the Sakyong’s newest book, Running with the Mind of Meditation, will be published in early April this year. The official book launch will take place in Boulder, Colorado on Earth Day, April 22nd 2012. The Sakyong will be running the annual 5k Earth Day race, followed by a public book signing at The Rembrandt Yard, a downtown Boulder art gallery. It is our hope that the regional Shambhala Centers will be a strong presence at both events to help celebrate the release of the Sakyong’s new book.
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January 2012: Shambhala Lineage Message

The Shambhala Lineage Festival held in September was an opportunity to explore how, as Shambhalians, we can personally, communally, and globally take basic goodness as the guiding force in our lives. It asked the question – with the world at a social and environmental crossroads – can we arouse our bravery and confidence to truly establish enlightened society?
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January 2012: Key points from the Sakyong’s message

We can summarize the basic message from the Sakyong since he has returned from his year of retreat in three key points:

Focus from the depth of our training on creating enlightened society
This was the command of the Dorje Dradül and what the dralas whispered to the Sakyong in his year of retreat. This is not a new instruction; rather the Sakyong is asking us to re-emphasize the vision of enlightened society as the context for everything that we do in Shambhala.

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January 2012: The new Shambhala chant books

The Shambhala Lineage Festival also marked the beginning of our new Shambhala Chant Book. For many years, we have heard from our Centres that there has been a need for an accessible approach to chanting. This means a balance between maintaining our tradition of chanting, while also opening up to an increasingly large and diverse audience of students. Many students come expecting simple meditation, and not too much ritual. The Shambhala Chant Book is the result of the Sakyong’s efforts to establish an approach to daily chants that expresses the vision of our tradition in a skillful and accessible way.
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January 2012: Shambhala Path and Assemblies

The Sakyong has created the Way of Shambhala curriculum for the beginning of our Shambhala Buddhist path and has transmitted many new practices and texts for the Scorpion Seal Assemblies, the most advanced part of our path. Now he has turned his attention to Sutrayana and Vajrayana Seminary, which lie at the middle of our path. The Sakyong has renamed these two pivotal programs. Sutrayana Seminary is now called Enlightened Society Assembly and Vajrayana Seminary is now Sacred World Assembly.
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