Misconduct in Shambhala

In the summer of 2018, our community here at Shambhala Mountain Center became deeply shaken, as we learned that the spiritual leader of Shambhala, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, had been accused of clergy sexual misconduct.

Shambhala International hired Wickwire Holm, a law firm based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to conduct a third-party investigation of the claims. In February 2019, Shambhala International released the findings of the investigation. You can read the full Wickwire Holm report here. In summary, the independent investigator found enough credible claims to establish a pattern of clergy sexual misconduct.

While Shambhala is going through a time of deep reflection and change, Shambhala Mountain Center is more committed than ever to continue creating a safe place of refuge and retreat for our guests.

As a way to keep this community updated on our perspective and plans concerning this matter, we offer the following communications for your reference (listed chronologically).

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Guest Services department at frontdesk@shambhalamountain.org.

SMC’s Statement Regarding Allegations of Sexual Misconduct by the Spiritual Leader of Shambhala, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche (Published on July 10, 2018)

SMC Update from Director Michael Gayner (Published on September 14, 2018)

In Response to Articles Citing Possible Investigation at SMC (Published on December 17, 2018)

Response to Denver Post and Boulder Daily Camera article from Director Michael Gayner and the SMC Governing Council (Published on July 10, 2019)

Update from SMC (Published on February 16, 2020)