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Executive Director of Karmê Chöling Appointed

November 3, 2012Executive Director of Karmê Chöling Appointed

The Kalapa Court is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Myra Woodruff as the new Executive Director of Karmê Chöling. Ms. Woodruff has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for over twenty years and last year was appointed Shastri for Burlington, Vermont. She has over thirty years experience as a Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist. She has a heart connection with Karme Choling, having attended her first dathun there in 1988, and staffed or taught programs since 1995. Ms. Woodruff was offered the position of Executive Director of Karmê Chöling by the Sakyong after the Kalapa Court Process was used to evaluate all of the applicants.

The Sakyong has expressed his wish that Ms. Woodruff continue the current vision for Karmê Chöling, by leading and inspiring the staff to maintain the standard of excellence of their current work and also develop new initiatives to strengthen Karmê Chöling’s connections and collaborations with those beyond Shambhala community. She looks forward to supporting and encourage these efforts with the northeast and extended sangha, working together to create opportunities for the Shambhala Principle to flourish.

Deep appreciation is extended to the outgoing Director, Ms. Jane Arthur, who has graciously served in this role since October 2006, beyond her original term. Through her steady grace and keen leadership, Karmê Chöling — the place she likes to call “the Jewel” — has survived and thrived. As director, she met challenges with an inclusive, forward-looking energy and wisdom, evidenced by her many accomplishments. Auspiciously for Karmê Chöling and its community, she and her partner, John McClung, have made the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont their home.

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Ms. Woodruff as she enters her position and thanking Ms. Arthur for her years of devoted service.

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19 responses to “ Executive Director of Karmê Chöling Appointed ”
  1. Guy Coulombe
    Feb 14, 2014

    A wonderful lady warrior is being replaced by another wonderful lady warrior.

    Thank you, Jane and congratulations, Myra!


  2. So delighted to hear this news! Myra is perfect for this role– wise, skilled and with a great heart. Congratulations!

  3. Congratulations Lady Woodruff, may the dralas of Shambhala stay your course, inspiring those wonderful things we know you can bring! Cheers and much love.( Password to photo album: shibata)

  4. Susan Phenix
    Nov 4, 2013

    Congratulations, Myra! What wonderful news for KCL and all of us! E Ma Ho!

  5. Laurie Farrington
    Nov 1, 2013

    Wonderful! :)

  6. Judy Luther
    Nov 1, 2013

    Myra – What a wonderful choice to lead KCL!! I look forward to seeing you when I’m visiting from Philadelphia. In celebration, :) Judy

  7. Suzanne Schecter Côté
    Nov 1, 2013

    What wonderful news, Myra. My congratulations to you and my thanks to Jane! May KCL continue to flourish.

  8. Todd Manley
    Nov 1, 2013

    Congratulations Myra, and so many thank you’s to Jane.

  9. Susan Jenkins
    Nov 1, 2013

    E Ma Ho! (Tibetan)


    Mazeltov! (New Yorkese)

  10. Irving Smith
    Oct 31, 2013

    She has always brought to mind for me the medieval Irish warrior queen, Macha of the Red Tresses. First encountered in Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party many years ago. Congratulations, Myra and Karme Choling!

  11. Sophie d'Oriona
    Oct 31, 2013

    Dear Myra,
    Congratulations! I am really happy to know that you will now lead “the Jewel”.
    Vraiment heureuse pour toi et que les dralas te protègent et te guident!
    Avec amitié,

  12. Dawa Lhatso
    Oct 31, 2013

    Yay! KI KI SO SO! May Karme Choling flourish! Thank you Jane, and best wishes to Shastri Woodruff!

  13. Nancy LeBlanc
    Oct 31, 2013

    Wishing you all the Best!! KI KI SO SO!!

  14. Sandy Brooks
    Oct 31, 2013

    KI KI and SO SO most beautiful lady warriors of Shambhala!

  15. Linda V. Lewis
    Oct 31, 2013

    Bravo! Wonderful news! Myra shall carry the victory banner of Karme Choling so well! This is very inspiring!

  16. Sophie.Leger
    Oct 31, 2013

    I’m so happy for you and even more happy for KCL!!!
    This feels so completely right!!!
    Much love,

  17. Nathan Railla
    Oct 30, 2013

    KiKi SoSo!

  18. Excellent! And “Jolly Good Luck!” as the Vidyadhara used to say.
    May your tenure being as rewarding to you as it certainly will be to others.
    – Jan Watson ( KLC Director 1975 -78)

  19. what wonderful news!! look forward to working with you Myra!

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