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
  • Cynthia Bradshaw, Chagdzö  – Finance
  • Ladan Yalzadeh, Director – Culture and Decorum
  • Terry Jaworski, Director – Societal Health & Well-Being
  • Robin Willet – Center Desung
  • JoAnn Schindler, Council Secretary

You can contact the Governing Council at

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

March 7, 2018

January 10, 2018

December 6, 2017

November 1, 2017

October 4, 2017

September 6, 2017

June 7, 2017

April 5, 2017

March 1, 2017

February 1, 2017

January 11, 2017

Archived Council meeting minutes starting 12/15/16.