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Hello from Gampo Abbey

May 30th, 2013 by John David Smith
Photo of Gampo Abbey Stupa from Wikipedia

Photo from Wikipedia

Ruth Hampton (whose most recent job at the Portland Shambhala Center involved teaching kids at our Kid’s Club) writes:

Hello Portland Shambhala Sangha!

It’s hard to believe, but I’ve been here at Gampo Abbey for 7 weeks.  Almost 2 full months! Time is going quickly, and somehow the long days of practice fly by.  I am so very glad that I made the choice to come here, and I am so thankful for all of you that helped support me in the process of getting here.  Our center in Portland is doing wonderful things, all of which prepared me well for this new adventure. I miss the morning shamatha sits that we have there!

What can I say?!  For starters, the wilderness surrounding the Abbey is absolutely beautiful and is incredibly nurturing to be in it.  I am so grateful for my daily walks and time to reflect outdoors.  Almost every evening there is a breathtaking sunset over the ocean that gives an amazing display of color and bigger perspective.  The Abbey itself it quite comfortable, and I am enjoying being with the community here.  I am working in the kitchen, and I love my job as one of the cooks.  The Shambhala Buddhist path creates a vibrant community of people who work diligently and gently at waking up to the present moment.

The amount of practice time has been very helpful in enriching my practice and letting me go deeper.  It is amazing how seated practice can reveal so much about yourself, and then within that revealing there is the opportunity to truly learn how to just let things be as they are. There are many things I thought I knew about myself, and the more I sit, the more I see things clearly.  It isn’t always easy to see how my mind works, but the teachings give good guidance on listening to my heart and being kind to myself with whatever happens.

There is a small group of us who have been doing a study group of the refuge practice from the little book that they give you when you take refuge.  It’s been a fantastic practice to contemplate taking refuge in the Three Jewels, as well as learning what we truly take refuge in ( self, people who support our sense of self, material objects, exercise, practice, etc).

On a personal level of study, I have been exploring basic Buddhist philosophy and have been studying the Five Skandas.  That has been very helpful in deepening the understanding of what seated meditation practice is about and what we are exercising as we do it.  I have a very supportive MI and also a novice monk who support me in my studies.  The wealth of knowledge here is great, and the library is quite extensive.

I don’t want to keep you with too long of an email.  We are currently low in the number of men who are residents, and we also need someone to fill the facilities position.  It’s a paid position, and there will be a posting listed on the website.  If you know of anyone, man or woman who is interested in coming, please send them along.  This is an AMAZING opportunity for a practitioner, and one that a person couldn’t regret.  The community here would be a great place for any of our Portland sangha to come and call a new home.  If you’ve ever thought of coming here and somehow there is space in your life to come…Please Do It!  🙂

Again, thank you all so much for your support and kindness for getting me here.  I have limited email addresses.  Would someone be willing to pass this along to the participants that I was with in the last Shambhala levels 1 and 2, as well as the teachers?

Well, the han is calling and morning chants are about to begin.

Best wishes to you all and I think of you!!  Stay committed to your practice, be gentle with yourself, and listen to your heart.

In the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha,

Shambhala Times is Looking for an Advertising Sales Agent

February 7th, 2013 by John David Smith

The Shambhala Times needs an advertising sales agent to assist with generating income for the Shambhala Times. This role, funded on a 25% commission basis, will work to find both local and national clients willing advertise with the Shambhala Times. This person will be responsible for finding new clients, maintaining relationships with current clients and ensuring that the advertising needs of both the client and the Shambhala Times are met.

The most important skill to possess is the ability to easily relate to and communicate with other people. The ability to be self-motivated, organized and persistent are also highly desirable skills. We are looking for a motivated self starter who doesnt need a lot of oversight and who enjoys talking to people and has experience working in customer service. This position is ideal for someone who already has experience in the field of advertising and who wants to directly serve the Shambhala community.

Advertising Sales Agent will work directly with Shambhala Media and the Editor of the Shambhala Times.

Send us an email outlining your interest, and send your resume to: [email protected]

Shambhala Mountain Center is inviting applications for the following Core Staff positions:

December 31st, 2012 by Lesa Ricci

•Director of Development: Develops and executes SMC’s annual fundraising activities. Key goals include increasing the current base of donor support, cultivating and creating new avenues of donor income, creating a communication system with existing donors and initiating grant development. Position could be located either at SMC on in one of the cities along the Colorado Front Range.

•Food Services Manager: Manages a commercial dining operation including a main kitchen, smaller satellite kitchen and 3 dining facilities capable of seating approximately 225 people.

•Food Services Assistant Manager: Assists in the management of a commercial dining operation including meal planning, food preparation, purchasing and inventory as directed by the manager.

•Housekeeping Assistant: Maintains the cleanliness of program, lodging and community spaces.

•IT Manager: Develops and manages all aspects of computer and telephone systems including hardware and software for the organization.

•Assistant Manager of IT: Assists with the maintenance of the organization’s computer and telephone systems including 50 PC’s running through heterogeneous small business network systems.

•Prep Cook: Prepares menu ingredients, sets up buffet, prepares salad bar, assists with cleaning kitchen, etc. Vegetarian, vegan, meat and gluten free meals served. Opportunity for creativity and learning.

What we are seeking: (1) related job knowledge and skills, (2) commitment to a process of personal growth, (3) an interest in integrating meditation and service as well as the willingness to meditate for at least 30 minutes per day, (4) an interest in living and working in community without a pet, (5) flexibility and team orientation and, (5) a willingness to make a 1-3 year service commitment dependent on position level.

What we offer:  Housing and meals, stipend based on position, health insurance, time off benefits, practice and study opportunities and the ability to attend programs without cost. In addition Shambhala Mountain Center offers endless growth opportunities through meditation training and practice, community living and relationships, job related training and experience, and staff programs and events designed to enrich life and build a sense of community.

For additional information and to apply: Please visit our website at www.shambhalamountain.org. Please complete the Core Staff application form located there and send it along with your resume to the Director of Human Resources at [email protected]. If you are unable to submit an online application, please contact our Human Resource department by calling 970.881.2184 X237.”

Summer Staff Positions at Shambhala Mountain Center

February 20th, 2012 by

Shambhala Mountain Center is currently inviting applications for more than 70 summer staff positions. Shambhala Mountain Center seeks committed individuals who aspire to create enlightened society through working in a contemplative practice community, serving and inspiring the guests who come to the land.

Living and working on this exquisitely beautiful, powerful land is transformative and challenging; if you are interested in offering your experience, capabilities and energies to support the vision of enlightened society, we encourage you to apply.

The positions, listed on their website, www.shambhalamountain.org, include:
* Set-up and take-down staff.
* Summer development assistant
* Summer program coordinators (experience required)
* Summer finance assistant
* AV assistant
* Travel coordinator
* Front desk and registrar positions
* Concierge
* Gift store assistant and staff
* Lead cooks, prep-cooks and tent staff
* Environment and program support
* Massage Therapist
* Dishroom manager and Dishroom assistant
* Assistant to the Stupa Director, Stupa tour assistant and stupa workers

They are seeking: Applicants with relevant job skills who have the desire to engage with work as practice.

They offer: The opportunity to live work and practice at Shambhala Mountain Center high in the Colorado Rockies.

They provide tent housing, buffet style meals, a stipend varying by position, program credits, also varying by position, and the opportunity to participate in classes and programs offered during the summer, participation depends on work schedule and meeting any eligibility requirements.

To apply: visit www.shambhalamountain.org, and fill out and online application. If you have questions or other concerns you can email, [email protected], or call 970-881-2184, ext 237.

Unique Employment Opportunity: Clinical Director @ Windhorse Integrative Mental Health

August 22nd, 2011 by

Mental health professionals within Shambhala meditation communities represent the population who would be best suited for, and most passionately interested in, the new job opening listed below. Relocation to San Luis Obispo, CA. would be required.

Our non-profit organization, Windhorse Integrative Mental Health (www.windhorseimh.org), encourages all staff members, especially clinical staff, to have a personal contemplative/meditation practice. The origins of the Windhorse approach arose 30 years ago in Boulder, CO, from Naropa University’s Contemplative Psychotherapy graduate program, created by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Dr. Edward Podvoll, both of the Shambhala tradition.

Clinical Director, San Luis Obispo, California
Exciting, unique leadership opportunity in the field of mindfulness and relationship based psychiatric recovery. Windhorse Integrative Mental Health (windhorseimh.org), a small non-profit since 1993, is seeking a Clinical Director for our new San Luis Obispo, CA office. Ideal candidate has creative, inspirational and enthusiastic energy in entrepreneurial setting; has strong people skills, including warmth and compassion; thrives in collaborative team and community environment, both locally and with staff in our Northampton, MA headquarters office. Must be open to learning an alternative approach in use for 30 years but still outside of managed care funding.

Requirements: Licensed Masters or Doctoral level candidate (LCSW, LMFT, Clinical Psychologist); ongoing personal mindfulness/contemplative practice; 5-10 years of clinical, managerial and supervisory experience; high capacity for reflexive self-awareness and parallel process supervision; extensive experience with adult psychosis and trauma. The Clinical Director is responsible for the quality, coherence and integrity of treatment, care standards, safety, and welfare of clients and staff; direct client care (psychotherapy), family work and clinical team work; individual and group supervision of clinicians; on-call duties; local management of clinical systems; outreach to local/regional resources.

Please submit cover letter and resume to [email protected]

Job Posting: Shambhala Center Office Manager

May 16th, 2011 by

Accepting Job Applications until June 5, 2011

To apply, please send resume and letter of interest expressing why you would be a good match for this position to [email protected] Must provide references upon request.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Office Manager/Center Registrar/Volunteer Recruiter

TITLE: Office Manager
STATUS: Non-Exempt Hourly
TIME: 18 hrs/wk. See below for schedule.
WAGE: $12.50 per hour
SUPERVISOR: Center Director
BENEFITS: Unlimited program credit at the Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland (PSMC) available after 3 months of employment; Two weeks paid vacation and up to three weeks unpaid leave available after 6 months of employment; Shambhala employee benefit which currently covers program tuition for Shambhala sponsored programs at Shambhala land centers. (e.g. Warrior Assembly, Seminary etc.)

This position is one of two paid positions at PSMC, an otherwise all volunteer-run organization. It is a pivotal position in the Center’s administrative team and serves as a central communication hub for the entire community. The position can make a substantial contribution to the Shambhala community and to the propagation of the dharma, therefore a sense of devotion and exertion will help make the job personally satisfying and make it beneficial to others. Thus an active practice and study commitment will be expected and members of PSMC will be preferred. The Office Manager will benefit from being able to see this job as an extension of their Shambhala path of practice and study.

• Outstanding communication skills; ability to communicate and correspond in a friendly, articulate and effective way; understands and can communicate the vision of the Shambhala Center
• Proficient computer skills, including email, internet, Microsoft Word and Excel; ability and willingness to learn new software and database applications
• Solid organizational skills and attention to detail
• Works effectively independently as well as takes and follows direction well.
• Supervisory experience
• Ability to set priorities when multiple and changing priorities compete for attention
• Reliable and Flexibile; able to handle interruptions and still accomplish work; can share space with others and maintain good personal relationships
• Sets boundaries effectively
• Regular meditation practice
• Customer service experience and experience with training others preferred

Office Manager – 40%: Act as the first-line communication interface with the public, the Shambhala community and other organizations; general office duties; provide specific support to the Finance, Communications, Operations, Practice & Education, and Kasung departments.
Center Registrar – 40%: Manage the overall Center programs registration system including maintaining the registration area of the Shambhala Database (SDB) and supervising the Center program registration team.
Volunteer Recruiter – 20%: Function as main recruiter of the Center’s non-program volunteer corps; and supervise the Center Hosting team.

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The Office Manager will work 18 hours a week as a combination of set and flexible hours as follows:

Required Set Hours:
o Tuesdays from 3:00 pm to 8:30 pm (Until 9:00 pm on Open House nights. The Office Manager is invited but not required to attend 7:00 pm sitting practice and make Center announcements)
o Thursdays from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Preferred Set Hours:
o Every other Sunday from 8:30 am to 10:00 am to function as host to newcomers. May delegate to another Host and supervise, but this position bears ultimate responsibility for hosting at Sunday morning nyinthuns

Flexible Hours:
o Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm as needed to train program registrars or provide program registration
o Saturdays from 8:00 am to 9:30 am as needed to train program registrars or provide program registration
o Remaining hours are personal choice with approval of Center Director

Be Inspired. Be of Service. Volunteer at Shambhala Mountain Center.

April 10th, 2010 by

Join the Shambhala Mountain Center Volunteer Program and work alongside other committed individuals and families contributing to a contemplative practice community, inspiring each other and serving the guests who come on the land. Live, work and practice in a mountain valley retreat located on 600 acres in northern Colorado.

We are currently looking for general summer volunteers for a variety of departments including: housekeeping/laundry/program support, kitchen, facilities (carpentry/plumbing/electrical), Information Technology, Practice and Education, Gift Store, Guest Services, Finance, Land Crew, Programs and Stupa maintenance.

Living and working in community on this beautiful and powerful land can be transformative and challenging.

If you are interested in offering your experience, capabilities, and energies, we encourage you to fill out a volunteer application.

Volunteer positions begin May 2010 and run until early August 2010. Volunteer arrivals are on Thursdays. Housing (tents) and meals (buffet) are provided. Volunteers have access to some weekend programs, staff classes on a variety of topics (Shambhala Buddhism, yoga, Thangka drawing, and others), staff events and meditation instruction. Volunteers receive program credit to use towards attendance at future programs at SMC (2 year expiration).

To learn more about joining us in service and practice, please call Human Resources at (970) 881-2184 x 237 or [email protected]. To find out more about Shambhala Mountain Center or to obtain job descriptions and applications, please access our website, www.shambhalamountain.org.We look forward to you joining us