Offering Shambhala to Greater Boston
Agenda ~ Boston Shambhala Center  Community Meeting <ul><li>Re-visiting our purpose for the expansion </li></ul><ul><li>Wh...
 
First and foremost, Shambhala is based upon a societal vision. Even though it can be seen as a path by which an individual...
Note: All #’s are averages, except for Level I which are actual attendants
The Journey (So Far) <ul><li>Pre 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>The Sakyong encourages Boston center to move and expand </li></ul>...
<ul><li>The Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Clarify internal  Communication   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Expansion logo </li></ul></ul><...
<ul><li>The Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Kindness  as our ground, path and fruition </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen and connect all...
<ul><li>The Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Create a clear path to leadership  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Map of the path </li></ul></ul...
<ul><li>The Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Double the operating budget from $200,000 to $400,000 in 5 yrs.  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>...
<ul><li>The Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Hire  Head of Practice and Education   </li></ul><ul><li>Resolve our space challenges b...
Next Steps for expanded location <ul><li>Gather & integrate input from community  </li></ul><ul><li>Loan </li></ul><ul><ul...
Next Steps - Continued <ul><li>Program and Staffing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Further develop programming and staffing plan fo...
Initial Programming Plan for expanded location <ul><li>Planning perspective:  Vision for Shambhala programming for the Gre...
Video tour of perspective space  at 338 Newbury Street see separate video file
 
 
 
 
Highlights of Financial Analysis <ul><li>First 2  years  =  challenging financially and on staff and volunteers </li></ul>...
How we Do it <ul><li>Accumulated equity:  646 Brookline Ave has (conservatively)   $800K </li></ul><ul><li>Refinancing the...
 
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Community meeting about expansion August 2, 2011

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This is the slide show the Board developed for our August 2nd, 2011 community meeting about our expansion. The meeting also included practices, q&a and discussion.

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Community meeting about expansion August 2, 2011

  1. 1. Offering Shambhala to Greater Boston
  2. 2. Agenda ~ Boston Shambhala Center Community Meeting <ul><li>Re-visiting our purpose for the expansion </li></ul><ul><li>What work has been done to date? </li></ul><ul><li>Vision </li></ul><ul><li>Where are we in the process, and what are our next steps? </li></ul><ul><li>Space on Newbury </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Initial programming plans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Initial architectural rendering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finances </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Quartet discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Closing </li></ul>
  3. 4. First and foremost, Shambhala is based upon a societal vision. Even though it can be seen as a path by which an individual can travel into the great depths of enlightenment, this journey has a greater purpose than that. Shambhala vision is changing the whole social paradigm. For humanity not only to survive, but to flourish and prosper, the whole question and purpose of social existence needs to be addressed. Sakyong Mipham – Letter of the Morning Sun
  4. 5. Note: All #’s are averages, except for Level I which are actual attendants
  5. 6. The Journey (So Far) <ul><li>Pre 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>The Sakyong encourages Boston center to move and expand </li></ul><ul><li>Series of community meetings </li></ul><ul><li>2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Jan 09 - Board decides to move </li></ul><ul><li>Spring 09 – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual consultations with community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Move Committee formed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fall 09 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On-going meetings Board / Move Committee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community mtg & creation of the mandala – a turning point </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Spring and Summer of 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Jan 10 - All day retreat - Board, Council & Move Committee </li></ul><ul><li>April 10 – Community wide meeting </li></ul><ul><li>May 10 – Creation of 5 task forces </li></ul><ul><li>Aug - Sept 10 – Expansion Plan approved by board & presented to community at October community meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Fall 2010 - 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing implementation of plan (task forces) </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>The Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Clarify internal Communication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Expansion logo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brochure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poster for the center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>plan for on-going communication </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Communicating with the broader community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>regional effort to coordinate programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan to connect with like-minded institutions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Created a Communications committee </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Created a pin and logo for the expansion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Created the “Raising the Banner Campaign” Brochure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Created poster for the center </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Created expansion updates for the community (blog, email) </li></ul><ul><li>Held 3 community meetings </li></ul>Activities To Date
  7. 8. <ul><li>The Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Kindness as our ground, path and fruition </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen and connect all groups of practitioners and members </li></ul><ul><li>Expand our connection with the outside world </li></ul><ul><li>Programming: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strengthen our Gateway Programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 Way of Shambhala I’s (I-V) per year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sacred Path every year </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Heads of the 3 Pillars meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Board diversified; Council, Cmtes & Nyida Days strengthened </li></ul><ul><li>Enriching Circles attempted </li></ul><ul><li>Expanding connections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Haley House </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hospice: End of Life Care </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Presence of Guides at Open House, Shastris visiting gateway programs, Diversity initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Additional Level I, II, III, MIEL, CIEL, JIEL offered & setting up for strong WOS Y2 </li></ul>Activities To Date
  8. 9. <ul><li>The Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Create a clear path to leadership </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Map of the path </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage beginning and intermediate students to advance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strengthen membership </li></ul><ul><li>Senior Teachers mentor new students & connect with Greater Boston </li></ul><ul><li>Map of path (by Shambhala Core Services) </li></ul><ul><li>Shastris & Head of Practice & Education creating local mentorship path document </li></ul><ul><li>Shastris, teachers, leaders actively encouraging students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>10 new guides; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6 new kasung; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4 new Warrior Assembly Grads; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4 new Sutrayana Grads; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Working to strengthen MI corps </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New Membership brochure. Individual meetings via Resource Dev. </li></ul><ul><li>Inspiration to connect senior teachers with mentorship and outreach opportunities </li></ul>Activities To Date
  9. 10. <ul><li>The Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Double the operating budget from $200,000 to $400,000 in 5 yrs. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase in dues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New membership dues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase program revenue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>scholarship donations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>*Goal: Average dues of $50/ month/ member </li></ul><ul><li>   </li></ul><ul><li>Double our membership from 200 to 400 in 5 yrs. </li></ul><ul><li>Fundraising committee established; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Met with 40% of the community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monthly dues increased by $30,000 a year </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Scholarship Program to begin in September </li></ul><ul><li>Average membership dues increased from $33 to $36/month </li></ul><ul><li>Membership committee established, plan emerging </li></ul>Activities To Date
  10. 11. <ul><li>The Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Hire Head of Practice and Education </li></ul><ul><li>Resolve our space challenges by </li></ul><ul><ul><li>renting an expanded space beginning in yr. 2, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>repairing our current space </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hired Head of Practice and Education , Barbara Hopcroft </li></ul><ul><li>Drala Spot Committee formed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Actively searched for space in spring of 2011 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Taking serious steps toward renting a space in the fall of 2011 </li></ul>Activities To Date
  11. 12. Next Steps for expanded location <ul><li>Gather & integrate input from community </li></ul><ul><li>Loan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gather financial documents for loan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Obtain approval of a loan from the bank </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lease / Build Out Plans </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Letter of intent to owners of building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a committee to develop and design aesthetic for new space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create an architectural plan and budget for build- out </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vet architectural plan with Steve Vosper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consult Eva Wong about build-out plans </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. Next Steps - Continued <ul><li>Program and Staffing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Further develop programming and staffing plan for new space (including PT paid person) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calendar and invitations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer schedule – outreach </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Decision Process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Board approval for loan, build-out and lease agreement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shambhala International approval for loan, build-out and lease agreement ( Chagdzö Kyi Khyap Connie Brock) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Implementation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Build out and construction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hire part-time staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open new space </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Initial Programming Plan for expanded location <ul><li>Planning perspective: Vision for Shambhala programming for the Greater Boston Community as a whole, with two locations. </li></ul><ul><li>Two month ramp-up events and programs </li></ul><ul><li>Initial plans for 6 months are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4 newcomer programs per week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A number of subject and audience-specific talks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Way of Shambhala programming Levels I-IV and MIEL - JIEL (1st yr.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Combination of two WOS, and TMA or Mindfulness-Based programs per month </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Space for some feasts and advanced practice and education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunities to connect with and build community </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A further leap onto the path of service </li></ul>
  14. 15. Video tour of perspective space at 338 Newbury Street see separate video file
  15. 20. Highlights of Financial Analysis <ul><li>First 2 years = challenging financially and on staff and volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Turns a corner in year 3 as membership develops </li></ul><ul><ul><li>-$80.4 by the end of yr. 2 but +$5.1 by the end of year 3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Programming nearly doubles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Membership grows from 225 contributors today to 310 by the end of year 3, i.e. Newbury adds 75 members by the end of year 3 and begins to self‐sustain </li></ul></ul><ul><li>By the end of year 5 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Total gross revenues grow from $222,000 today to $433,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Newbury Street will add total 125+ members by the end of year 5 for a grand total membership of 370 </li></ul></ul>
  16. 21. How we Do it <ul><li>Accumulated equity: 646 Brookline Ave has (conservatively) $800K </li></ul><ul><li>Refinancing the center </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Excellent relationship with Brookline Bank. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current loan balance is approximately $130K </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Refinance the debt and pull no more than $200,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New loan & term = $330,000 at 6% for 20 years or $2,364.00 per month. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A decrease of $104 per month over the current debt structure. </li></ul></ul>

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