Who We Are – Our Sangha

“Sangha” is the Sanskrit term for “community of practitioners” – one of the three jewels of Buddhism. Our community is diverse, capable, and heartfelt. Our members and friends include dedicated senior teachers who have walked the Shambhala Buddhist path for many years, and enthusiastic newcomers who are just discovering our teachings on realizing basic goodness and building enlightened society. There are many ways to get to know the people in the community and tap into the Shambhala teachings. Good places to start, besides talking to the people you meet at the Center, are our monthly Open House,  and introductory programs such as Meditation in Everyday Life or Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human. Please also keep your eyes open for our periodic community meetings.

To learn more about how the Centre is governed, please see the overview of people and roles that make up the Centre’s Council. Council meetings take place every monthly and are open to anyone who is interested in attending.

Montpelier Shambhala Council Members*

*Group Coordinator:
Suzanne Trahey

*Practice & Education Program Manager:
Amy Nesbitt

*Treasurer & Finance Coordinator:
Ellen Kahler

*Societal Health & Well-Being Coordinator:
Felicia Messuri

*Community Celebrations Coordinator:
Carl Benson

* Community Engagement Coordinator:
John Foster

Scott Robbins


Meditation Instructor & Shambhala Guide Coordinator:
Robert O’Keefe

Umdze Crew Chief:
Ben Bashore