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Mission Statement & Commenting Policy

The Shambhala Times Mission Statement:

The Shambhala Times is a community forum for news and views from all over the Shambhala mandala. The Shambhala Times presents people’s individual points of view and takes no position itself on the content and views expressed. Our editors welcome a wide range of contributions and perspectives and seek to encourage inclusive and insightful dialogue that is helpful to the development of the Shambhala community as a whole. Therefore, in keeping with the principles of mindful and compassionate speech, while welcoming critical observations, we work to keep this site free from material that could be harmful to specific individuals or groups, either within the Shambhala community or beyond. Any complaints about published material should be raised directly with the editors at [email protected].

The Shambhala Times Commenting Policy:

The Shambhala Times is increasing efforts to strengthen our Commenting Policy to support our Mission Statement. The goal is to raise the level of discourse in the comments, part of which involves protecting users from language that is aggressive and harmful to individuals or groups within society.

We ask that you keep comments to approximately 200 words or less, and that you leave your first and last name along with your comment.

Corrections for errors made in our posts are welcome and appreciated. We ask that you be cordial in doing so. The editors make every effort to protect the Shambhala Times from comments, photographs, images or any other communications that the editors deem harmful to individuals or groups within society. Individuals posting comments that are deemed to be inappropriate more than three times, in violation of the guidelines below, will be blocked and no longer allowed to comment. When comments are not in regard to the content of the article they will be removed. Please note that the comment section for each article is open for 14 days after publication.

We protect The Shambhala Times from:

  • Aggressive language directed against other commenters, the post author, individuals or groups, either within the Shambhala community or beyond.
  • Swearing and related censor bypass attempts, lewdness, insults, and crude terms for body parts, bodily functions, and physical acts. Overall, our intention is to help ensure that all material appearing on The Shambhala Times is in accord with Shambhala decorum.
  • Extensive use of text message-type spelling, and texts written mostly or entirely in capital letters.
  • Use of Spam-type links or self-advertsing and promotion.
  • Use of inappropriate avatars.

If you see comments that violate our policy, please flag them and/or contact us. This policy is always available at the bottom of the site. If you want more information about the Shambhala Care and Conduct process, please click here.

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