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I am a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and have been a Shambhala Buddhist since 2006.


I discovered the Shambhala teachings while serving in Iraq in 2006. I am a 24 year veteran of the U.S. Army. I co-teach with a fellow sangha member visiting various prisons across the country teaching meditation to incarcerated veterans and Buddhist inmates. I teach part time for the St. Johns County School District in Florida. I am also an adjunct history professor at a local community college.

Main teachers

Emily Bower and Mitchell Levy


I would like to attend the program to further my progress along the Way of Shambhala path. A deeper understanding of Buddhism will assist me in my work teaching meditation to incarcerated Buddhists as well as military veterans.


Practice as well as my work with veterans in prison.

Cost breakdown

Enlightened Society Assembly at Shambhala Mountain Center (Oct 19-29) costs $535 for tuition and an additional $1,325 for lodging and food. It will cost me $300 to fly from Jacksonville, FL.

Funding until

10 October 2017 (Ended)

Amount Requested





Recent donations

  • - Frank H.


  • - Paula Bickford and Willl Ryken