Governing Council

This group is the top governing body of our local Center.  It is responsible for the overall vision and policy of the Seattle Shambhala Center, and engages in an ongoing assessment to ensure that our local Center remains true to the Shambhala vision.  The Governing Council typically meets on the first Wednesday of the month.

Membership on the Governing Council is based on Shambhala’s four-pillar leadership model: Government, Practice and Education, Kasung, and Economy.

Current Governing Council members are:

  • Michael Busby, Center Director
  • John Gilvar, Center Rusung
  • Sydney Munger, Director – Practice & Education
  • Ladan Yalzadeh, Director – Culture and Decorum
  • Terry Jaworski, Director – Societal Health & Well-Being
  • JoAnn Schindler, Council Secretary

You can contact the Governing Council at

The most recent minutes for the Council meetings can be found below.

December 12, 2018

November 7, 2018

October 3, 2018

September 5, 2018

August 8, 2018

July 11, 2018

June 6, 2018

May 2, 2018

April 4, 2018

March 7, 2018

January 10, 2018


Archived Council meeting minutes starting 12/15/16.