The Kalapa Council
In the Shambhala teachings, Kalapa is the capital of the Kingdom of Shambhala. It is the seat from which the Sakyong and the Sakyong Wangmo govern the mandala. In traditional Tibetan paintings (see the thangka to the right) Kalapa is depicted as the palace at the centre of the Kingdom of Shambhala. In the contemporary Shambhala mandala, Kalapa refers to the core energy of the mandala, and is closely associated with the central role played by the Sakyong and the Sakyong Wangmo.
The Sakyong has appointed a senior leadership group, the Kalapa Council, to assist him and the Sakyong Wangmo in the integration and governance of the mandala. The Kalapa Council is the Lha body of Shambhala Governance. It's role, described by the Sakyong, is “to disseminate and govern” and is “the structure for the Sakyong to express his direct command and wishes.”
The appointment of the council reflects the Sakyong's wish to strengthen the central role of Kalapa in the mandala. He inaugurated the council in the forecourt of the Kami Shrine, devoted to Ameterasu Omikami, above Shambhala Mountain Center, on Wednesday 6 August 2008.
The creation of the Kalapa Council takes the evolution of the governance of the mandala to its next stage, following the adoption in 2005 of the model that established the Shambhala Congress (the largest consultative forum of the mandala), the Mandala Council (on which all Shambhala Centres and major entities have a seat), and the Sakyong's Council (which governs the broader mandala on the Sakyong's behalf).
Following a formal meeting with the Kalapa Council that took place 11 and
12 July 2010 at Shambhala Mountain Center, the Sakyong asked the Kalapa
Council to assume the formal legal and financial responsibilities of the
board of directors of the Shambhala mandala. This will be the council with
the full authority to disseminate the wishes and commands of the lineage and
to govern the mandala in accordance with those.
The members of the Kalapa Council are:
The Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche
The Sakyong Wangmo, Khandro Tseyang
The President of Shambhala, Mr Richard Reoch (chair of the council)
The Lamen Kyi Khyap, Dr Mitchell Levy
The Kalapa Acharya, Mr Adam Lobel
The Makpon, Mr Jesse Grimes
The Chagdzo Kyi Khyap, Ms Connie Brock
The Chief of Staff of the Sakyong Ladrang, Mr Joshua Silberstein
Those who have a standing invitation to the meetings of the Kalapa Council
are: Ms Carolyn Mandelker, the Executive Director; Mr David Brown, the Head of the Office of the Kalapa Court and Executive Secretary to the Sakyong (and secretary of the council); and Mr Alex Halpern, Chief Legal Counsel.
The Kalapa Council will post seasonal (quarterly) reports on its work for the information of the Shambhala community as a whole.
A comprehensive update from the Kalapa Council was sent individually to all
members of Shambhala in July 2010. For that update please click here.
To read the full text of the letter from the Office of the Kalapa Court that
outlines the Sakyong's decisions on the Kalapa Council and other changes to
the governance structure of the mandala, announced on 17 July 2010, please
Please click on the photos below to read short biographical notes on each of