Eleven Shastris Appointed

Sep 4, 2012

The Office of the Kalapa Court is pleased to announce that at the Scorpion Seal Assembly at Dechen Choling, the Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, formally appointed eleven new shastris. In the coming months the Sakyong plans to appoint more shastris to serve the community.

The position of shastri was created by the Sakyong in 2009, with over fifty shastris empowered at Shambhala Mountain Center the following summer. By all reports, the shastri program is a great success, providing local support for teachers, programs, and meditation students. Please welcome our newest shastris to their positions:

Mr John Fox is assigned to Vancouver, Canada. He retired six years ago when he sold his real estate company, and now devotes his time to the dharma.

Ms Yeshe Fuchs lives in Hamburg. She is a regional shastri, assigned to the small German and Greek Shambhala groups. She was director of Dechen Choling and just retired as director of the Halifax Shambhala Centre.

Mr Brian Hilliard, originally from the United States and for the last 10 years co-director of Casa Garuda in Italy, is assigned to the region of Rome. He enjoys playing Cape Breton music on the accordion and is a marathon runner.

Mr Maks Lan, from Lviv, is assigned to the Ukraine region. Maks was educated as a musician and is a jazz pianist working for a broadcast company making music and voice-overs, mainly for advertising.

Mr Wolf van Lieshout is assigned to Amsterdam. He works part-time as a night-shift psychiatric nurse in a mental hospital.

Ms Chandali Pietrzykowska, previously of Halifax and France, is assigned to the small groups in Poland. She teaches English as a profession, and is learning Polish.

Ms Suzanne Prysor-Jones, originally from Scotland, is assigned to Montpelier and southern France. She holds a doctorate in social policy and planning, and developed health programmes in Latin America and Africa.

Mr Ernst Steininger is assigned to Vienna, Austria. He works as an accountant in the field of knowledge management at research institute and has a seven-year-old son.

Ms Regula Stockli-Imfield, lives in Bern and is assigned to the small groups in Switzerland. She is a social worker in a mental hospital and is married with two grown children.

Ms Mimi Valiulis, originally from the United States, lives outside of Dublin, and is assigned to the Dublin region. She is married and is a writer.

Ms Jennifer Woodhull is assigned to Capetown and Johannesburg, South Africa. She founded the first Shambhala centre on the African continent and is a graduate student in Religious Studies at the University of Capetown.

(This announcement was from the Shambhala News Service)