Community Care Working Group
The Community Care Resources
web site is now on line.
Community Care Resources (PDF)
Community Care and Conduct, with Introductory
Letter (this is a report initiated by the Board of Directors)
Caring Community in Action
Community in Action (July 8,
Minutes of Meetings
November 16, 2004 [PDF]
Meeting 5, June 6, 2004
Meeting 4, May 22, 2004
Meeting 3, April
Meeting 2, April
Meeting 1, March
- Identify what are the
qualities of a caring individual and
community. Explore ways that our community and traditional communities
might relate to the acute needs of community members and maintain the
long-term, ongoing sense of connection which allows us
both joy and suffering.
- Collect "skillful means",
best practices, and models of care
which show how to create a caring community as part of our
practice. Identify practices that are working well now and share them
with the community.
- Create specific proposals
about how our sangha community can
increase our awareness of each others' needs, stay connected to each
other, and be more proactive in helping one another. This may
different in each local area depending on the community.
- Explore the role
of Shambhala Center administration, the
deleg system, the Dorje Kasung (particularly the Desung Arm),
Upaya/Wisdom Councils, self help groups and other relevant forms within
the Shambhala community in providing a structure for community care.
Look at how people in these positions are trained in providing
environment which fosters a caring community.
- Offer community processes
to respond to the needs
of community members. These processes could include both those
that have been successfully put in place and those that are
- Connect the recommended
care models with the Shambhala
Buddhist teachings using the Shambhala
Treatise on Society and
Organization as the