Care Team

Creating a Culture of Kindness

Being kind is a simple practice, but it is also a transforming practice because as we continue, the conceptual boundary between “us” and “them” begins to melt.  – Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Working in the tradition of Enlightened Society, Care Teams are people who come together out of compassion and generosity to provide needed care to persons in our Dallas Shambhala community.

For example, members might drive someone to a doctor’s appointment or grocery shop for someone who is recovering from an injury or from surgery.  Or we may just check in with someone who is acutely ill.

Team members are asked to commit to no more than 3 hours a month and to do what they enjoy doing — and what fits with their schedule.

Based on the inspiration and work of Mary Whetsell, Director of the Office of Societal Health and Well-Being, Care Teams have thrived in many Shambhala centers across the country. The guiding principles include:  1) team members do only jobs they truly want to do; 2) decisions regarding care are made by the team as a whole, with guidance from the Care Team coach; and 3) everyone agrees to protect the confidentiality/privacy of the Care Team friend.

In every address the Sakyong talks about how our practice includes caring for each other.  Being part of the Care Team provides participants with the opportunity to practice compassion and generosity.

If you would like to extend your practice as part of this group,

please email Joan (joan@stokelynews.com).