Shambhala London Governance

How is the Centre run?

The London Shambhala Meditation Centre executive functions are carried out by the governing council: 

Director of Culture and Decorum – Ms A. Wilson  

Director of Finance – Dr Adler Archer

Director of Practice and Education – Dr Paul Gerstmayr

Director of Societal Health and Wellbeing – Mr Elliott White

Kasung Representative – Ms Debbie Coats

The Council hold a two-hour meeting once every two weeks to discuss strategic and operational issues. They are supported by a team of coordinators who volunteer to help ensure the mission of Shambhala London is carried out successfully. 

Our Centre Manager, Jez Taylor, is the administrative manager for the London Shambhala Meditation Centre. He is paid part-time and also volunteers part-time to help ensure the smooth administrative functioning of the Centre.

How are the Council selected?

All positions are advertised openly and anyone is able to apply. Some posts have specific requirements in terms of professional experience and also an understanding of Shambhala Dharma as demonstrated, for example, by attending the Shambhala Assemblies such as Enlightened Society Assembly. The centre then nominates the selected person for approval and appointment from the relevant international representative or, in the case of the Centre Director, the Sakyong.

How are they accountable to members?

We are working on ways to engage our members more in decision making, whilst keeping an awareness that effective decision making cannot easily take into account the views of such a large number of people. We know that hearing the views of everyone is the best way for us to harvest the wisdom our community, and are actively trying to find ways for this to become more prominent in how the Centre is run. We are also investigating the best way for transparency in how the Centre operates, the direction we are heading in and the reasons for the decisions we make.

What is the vision of the Council?

The Shambhala Centre is part of the vision of Shambhala – to fully realise an enlightened society. We do this by teaching meditation practices, creating a culture of kindness which supports our ability to have confidence in basic goodness, and by modelling our structure on that of a fully functioning society. We aim to train warriors in the view of basic goodness, and equip them to engage with their own reality – bringing sanity and warmth to their households, their work places and to the Shambhala Centre and its teachings.