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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.”

Dorje Denma Ling Offers Free Tuition For All 2012 Practice Intensives

March 26th, 2012 by

Dear Friends,

Dorje Denma Ling is pleased to announce that we are adding a “free tuition” option for all of our practice intensives in 2012. Inspired by the experience of our two “free” weekthuns this year, we have decided to offer a free tuition/accommodations-only pricing option for allour practice intensives in 2012, including Shamatha weekthüns/dathüns, Werma and Ngöndro intensives, and Vajrayogini, Chakrasamvara and Mahamudra retreats.  Here are the key details:

  • For the list of programs below, we will offer full, discounted, and “accommodations only” pricing (free tuition)
  • Everyone is encouraged to come!
  • If you can pay the full or discounted tuition, please do so – having people attend at all price levels is what will allow us to offer the free tuition rate
  • Payment plans are available at all tuition levels
  • We have limited housing, so register early
  • The free tuition rate is $30/day in the non-summer months, and this is the minimum daily fee (no additional discounts apply)


2012 Practice Intensives:

Chakrasamvara Retreat January with Acharya Larry Mermelstein
Ngöndro Group Retreat March with Acharya Jeremy Hayward
Werma Group Retreat March with Acharya Jeremy Hayward
Half Dathün March with Shastri Benoît Côté
Mahamudra Retreat April with Acharya Richard John
Scorpion Seal/Werma May TBD
Summer Weekthün August with Walker Blaine
Fall/winter Ngöndro retreat TBD TBD
Fall/winter Werma retreat TBD TBD
Winter Weekthün December TBD


Please help us make this program a success! Come to support others in their journey by paying one of the regular tuition rates, or if your finances require it, come to take advantage of that community support by opting for the free tuition. As our individual economic circumstances ebb and flow, we can feel the richness of creating community together and supporting each other through the different phases of our lives.

We hope to see you soon.


Patricia U. Hayward, Executive Director
Dorje Denma Ling

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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.

Working With Burnout

January 15th, 2012 by

This article is adapted from a Shambhala governance document on preventing leadership burnout and working with it if it arises. The ideas are presented here to make them more accessible to leaders, volunteers and others anywhere.

Working beneficially with burnout involves recognizing factors that can lead to it and bringing them to the meditative path. Key is developing a willingness to relate with one’s own mind in a gentle and tough way.

Factors leading to burnout (and ways of working with them) include:

• Avoiding Meditation Practice
Balance your life so that meditation practice remains central. If you’re too busy to practice, you’re too busy.

• Being Unablae to Say “No”
Learn how and when to say “no” to others’ requests, and even to your own ideas. Look deeply into the experience of having difficulty setting limits.

• Taking Things Too Personally
Leaders will always draw both praise and blame. Cultivate the ability to receive criticism with equanimity, and to work with pride, ambition and attachment to praise.

• Cognitive Dissonance
Learn to accommodate the dissonance between the vastness of Shambhala vision and the sometimes messy reality of day-to-day life. Learn to hold both aspects without being overwhelmed by either.

• Letting “Best” Undermine “Good”
While aiming for excellence can be beneficial, it can become an obstacle if taken to an extreme. Look deeply into the experience of perfectionism.

• Engaging In Harmful Speech
Explore the impulse to gossip, speak harshly or complain. Learn to relate with others’ harmful speech without reinforcing or escalating it.

• Making Things Too Solid
Explore the experience of seeing only problems and doubting the unconditional brilliance and goodness of things as they are. “We are ruling a dream, and we all share the same dream.” ―Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche