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New Director of Shambhala Mountain Center

Jul 6, 2012

The Kalapa Court announces the appointment of Mr Michael Gayner as the new Executive Director of Shambhala Mountain Center. Michael has served as the Director of Guest Services and Chief Operating Officer at Shambhala Mountain Center since October 2010, and been the Head of Protocol in the Shambhala Office of International Relations since 2007.

The outgoing Director, Mr Jon Barbieri, has served the mandala in this role since January 2008 during which time he spearheaded the introduction of new cultural and economic objectives for Shambhala Mountain Center as well as the huge water treatment project, essential infrastructure for future development. He will continue to serve Shambhala Mountain Center until the end of August with responsibility for ongoing relations with financial and other institutions with which the centre has long-standing relations.

Michael Gayner was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1961. He was educated at the University of Toronto and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. He served in the Canadian Armed Forces as a reserve infantry officer and was, until joining the staff at Shambhala Mountain Center, joint director of a private health insurance company in Canada. From 1999 to 2000, he served as a Continuity Kusung and Secretary to the Sakyong, and in 2001 he was part of the team that organized the consecration of the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya. He holds the rank of Rupon in the Dorje Kasung, and from 2001 to 2007, served as the Denma Corps Officer, responsible for training the Close Protection Teams that serve the Sakyong.

The appointment of the new director follows an open recruitment process initiated in February this year by the board of directors of Shambhala Mountain Center, in accordance with the Kalapa Court Appointment Procedure. The search for the new director took place within the context of adopting the new Kalapa Governance Model that the Sakyong has asked be put in place at all Shambhala Centres. The new director will chair a Governing Council including senior representatives of the Three Pillars and others appointed by the Kalapa Court. The new structure will come into effect over the coming months.

In making this appointment, with the blessings of the Sakyong, Richard Reoch, the President of Shambhala, said: "Shambhala Mountain Center has played a unique role in the life of our mandala. The recent High Park Fire has heightened everyone's awareness of what it means to so many of us on our path. It is important to recall and honour the dedicated warriors who have served on its board over the years, served as its directors and co-directors, been its generous patrons and donors, and given their energy to live and work on the land, as well as the many thousands who continue to hold this sacred land in their hearts as a place where profound transformation has taken place in their lives. We are now entering a new phase, as we contemplate how best Shambhala Mountain Center can serve the unfolding vision of our lineage with its focus on the inseparability of personal awakenment and social transformation."

(This announcement was from the Shambhala News Service)