A Message from the St. John’s  Sangha

It’s with great sadness and disappointment that our sangha has learned of the allegations of sexual harm committed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and the lack of clear response by the leadership of Shambhala International.  We want you to know that the St. John’s sangha continues its commitment to the Dharma, the truths taught by the Buddha, and to our community of participants, while separating ourselves from any behaviour that is harmful within the larger Shambhala organization.

We will be holding talking circles, with the practice of deep listening, after our Wednesday sittings, to offer our sangha members an opportunity to express their feelings and concerns in a safe and non-judgemental setting.


Our St. John’s sangha is a small but thriving community of people seeking the sanity and liberation that comes through the path of meditation.  We are committed to the principles of kindness and compassion, whatever the chaos and uncertainty that occurs in our rapidly changing world.

If you are feeling disturbed or upset by this situation, it may be helpful to read the attached email from Susan Piver: