Position Opening for Center Director, Portland Shambhala Meditation Center
After four years of skillful and dedicated service, Lesa Ricci is retiring as the Director of the Portland Shambhala Meditation Center. On behalf of the Kalapa Court, a Director search committee has been formed in order to find a candidate to take the position of Director for the Portland sangha.
We warmly invite interested members of the worldwide Shambhala community to apply to serve as the new Director of the Portland Center.
The Portland Shambhala Center began in the basement of one of its members in the mid-1990s, and has occupied its current location for 17 years – a beautiful, historic brick building once housing a library, now providing office space to tenants such as an Eastern medicine clinic, a workers’ union and a public involvement firm. Located in the heart of Southeast Portland, the Center is close to richly creative neighborhoods, lush parks, bike paths, farmers’ markets and bustling nightlife.
The Portland Center plays an active role in the larger Pacific Northwest Shambhala community, and is aided by the wisdom of one regional Acharya and two regional Shastris. There is a full complement of Shambhala Buddhist teachings offered regularly at the Center, along with many special-interest programs. The Sakyong has visited Portland three times, and he and his staff enjoyed our running paths, the sense of friendliness, and sangha-wide hospitality.
In preparation for the search for a new Director, the Center has undertaken a “20/20 Vision” process, in which people meet at each others’ homes or the Center to join in conversation about what they envision for the Center in the coming years. The Center has recently re-established a Young Meditators’ night, and the Kids’ Club meets monthly on Sunday mornings where children of all ages have supervised play, leaving parents free to practice. The Ikebana Guild is very active, as is the entire Shambhala Arts program, offering imaginative and fun events for the sangha to enjoy. We look forward to realizing the vision of owning our own Center in the not-too-distant future.
Portland is a vibrant city of just over half a million people, located in the lush Willamette Valley at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. It is home to several world-class research institutions and the start-up companies that sprout up around them. It has a flourishing tech sector led by Intel, and is an open source software development center. Amidst stately old growth forests, snow-capped mountains and fertile farmland, Portland also provides a home to many artists and musicians, dedicated small-business owners, thriving urban farmers, doctors, scientists and teachers, among the many passionate, creative and intelligent people who call Portland home.
The Center Director plays a critical role in the life and health of our community, providing leadership and cohesiveness for the Center, and disseminating the Sakyong’s vision of Enlightened Society and basic goodness. The Center Director chairs the Governing Council for the Portland Center, and stewards its financial, spiritual and physical health. S/he represents the Shambhala community to the municipality, region and the broader Shambhala mandala.
This post is a three-year position with the possibility of extension. Benefits include a stipend and retreat benefits. For further information please see the full job description at: http://portland.shambhala.org/PortlandShambhalaCenterDirector.php
Interested individuals are warmly invited to submit (1) a statement of interest, and (2) a resume to the Search Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Search Committee will receive applications until August 30, 2012. The Director is appointed by, and responsible to, the Sakyong, who actively engages with and supports those on the path of governance. We look forward to the new Director to begin serving by Shambhala Day of 2013.
Thank you for your interest in this vital role at our Center!
In the vision of the Great Eastern Sun,
Nancy Smith, Marc Otto and Rebecca Jamieson – Portland Shambhala Director Search Committee
From: Portland News Magazine