Membership

Becoming a member of the Austin Shambhala Meditation Center is a statement about your personal inspiration, curiosity, and commitment to the path of awakening. It means participating in a community of practitioners who aspire to relate to each other with honesty, warmth, and openness. We inspire one another to deepen our practice of mindfulness, awareness, and compassion. We also provide each other an opportunity to practice compassion and patience.

If you feel a connection to the Austin Shambhala Center, the practice of meditation, and the vision to create an enlightened society, you may wish to consider becoming a member.  Becoming a member of the Austin Shambhala Center simultaneously brings membership in the global community of Shambhala.

Membership is a way to practice generosity, express appreciation for what Shambhala provides, and help make it available to others. Membership involves four areas of engagement and support:

Practicing meditation

Making a connection to mindfulness-awareness meditation or related contemplative practice and integrating this practice into daily life is considered the best way for members to support Shambhala and benefit the world and ourselves.

Volunteering

Almost all of the work of our Center and much of the work of the Shambhala global community is done by volunteers. Giving our time and talents to the work of the community is a vital form of support and viewed as part of members’ practice.

Financial support

Member dues and donations are vital to the maintenance and growth of our Center and the international Shambhala community. The amount of your membership contribution is a personal decision that reflects your own situation and connection. Your ongoing monthly donation, at whatever amount works for you, contributes to the financial foundation for our community.

Practicing community

Shambhala is more than a place to meditate and take classes. Engaging with others to develop a culture that embodies the profound principles of basic goodness is at the heart of a member’s commitment.  We invite you to join us in this exploration and practice of community.

For more information about membership, please contact our membership coordinator, Alan Holt at alan@communitydesignstudio.com.

Download a new member form. ASMC New Member Form

What are the benefits of membership?

  • Ongoing meditation instruction with a personal meditation instructor
  • Invitation to community events, programs, and classes
  • Membership pin
  • Automatic membership in Shambhala’s world-wide network
  • Access to member resources at www.shambhala.org
  • Access to the book and audio library
  • Opportunities to coordinate and staff programs
  • Eligibility for scholarships

Those who are in the sangha are warriors, because they are trying to overcome samsara. Members of the sangha support one another and care for one another. They are not perfect, but they inspire us because they are people who want to deepen their practice of mindfulness, awareness and compassion. The sangha is also a container. When we practice together, the sangha helps our discipline. We realize that there are other people around who are going through the same thing. That gives us a feeling of encouragement.
– Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche