Please read the criteria before completing the application form. If you are applying for a scholarship you must identify as a Person of Color.

Definition of People of Color:

“People of Color” are of African ancestry, Asian/Pacific, Hispanic, Latino, Middle Eastern, Caribbean, or Native American ancestry.

If you’re a member of another ancestral group and you identify as a person of color, please let us know and we’ll let you know if we can assist.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. You must be a member of the Shambhala Buddhist community
  2. You must have taken Refuge and/or Bodhisattva vows with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, or an Acharya in the Shambhala Buddhist Community, or one of his senior teachers.
  3. You must be a person of color residing in North America.
  4. You must be eligible for one of the programs listed below.
  5. You must be in need of financial assistance.
  6. Willingness to ground yourself in practice and study, to promote the understanding the Shambhala teachings and of diversity as intrinsic to creating an enlightened society.
  7. Willingness to be of benefit to people in your local center; volunteer in your community; cultivate compassion; bring Shambhala vision to the community, and use meditation as a path of developing awareness.


Eligible programs:

  • Dathun
  • Warrior Assembly
  • Enlightened Society Assembly
  • Sacred World Assembly
  • Shambhala Guide Training
  • Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor Training


Our generosity policy states that we will give the most we can in order to assist individuals to attend the programs listed.