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Buddhist Project Sunshine

$23,077 of $25,487 goal

Raised by 279 people in 10 months
Created March 24, 2018
Buddhist Project Sunshine (BPS) is a grass-roots Buddhist community healing initiative driven by a single goal: to renew the integrity of Buddhism in the contemporary world. This project arose from inspiration from Yeshe Tsogyal, a great female Buddhist teacher in 8th C. Tibet. Our work is informed by both traditional Buddhist dharma and Western psychological understandings of trauma and trauma healing. We strive to foster emotionally safe, respectful and honouring environments where people can practice dharma wholeheartedly and build fulfilling lives rooted in compassionate ethics.

Some of our most important contributions:

> Buddhist Project Sunshine Phase 1 Report (February 15, 2018) – This is the groundbreaking report that caused Shambhala Leadership to publicly admit the widespread sexualized violence in the Shambhala community

> Buddhist Project Sunshine Phase 2 Report (June 28, 2018) – This is  report led to the Kalapa Council resigning en masse and the Sakyong stepped down from all duties pending an investigation into his alleged sexual assaults.

> Buddhist Project Sunshine Phase 3 Report (August 23, 2018) – This report detailed more serious allegations against the Sakyong as well as an examination of what a sexual predator is.

> The Buddhist Project Sunshine Discussion Group – We were pleased to offer this moderated discussion space to explore an inspiring and honouring new approach to sangha that dismantles past abusive practices and behaviours. 

BPS is receiving acclaim for the quick, organized and effective way that Mipham was exposed in two months. For example, Tenzin Peljor, an activist Tibetan Buddhist monk wrote to us saying, " You do such an excellent and good job, such a hard work! Its the most professional grass root movement in Buddhist context as far as I can see. IMO, you set a very very good example and you have my fullest support!"


What's next?

BPS would like to offer a basic news service during the Winter of 2019. We feel it is important for the community to know about the three police investigations of Shambhala leaders, including Osel Mukpo, that are now open. We also feel it is important for you to have access to media articles, such as the series of articles in the Denver Post about the police investigation into Osel Mukpo.

We see BPS’s established communication channels as something of value. We hope you do too. Provided we can raise funds, we will offer a basic news service over the winter. We need to raise $2,500 to offer this service January through April 2019.

You can help ensure BPS can offer this news service by donating here on our GoFundMe page.


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Join the  Buddhist Project Sunshine Community Email List to receive updates on our important initiatives.
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Update 14
Posted by Project Sunshine
1 month ago
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Today is Giving Tuesday, a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it's a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes.

Today is also the day when news about Shambhala’s commissioned investigation is hitting the papers. This is an investigation carefully crafted to cover up harms and corruption by the Sakyong and leaders around him. Although the company they hired may be neutral, Shambhala will carefully choose what findings to release publicly and what to keep secret for the “good of the community.”

We’d love to receive your support for continuing to track the Sakyong’s alleged criminal activities and provide a voice of truth. Please give generously to support the continued work of Buddhist Project Sunshine.
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Update 13
Posted by Project Sunshine
3 months ago
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Support for BPS is picking up. We received over $10,000 in donations in the past week+! A large part of that, $9,492, were made outside of GoFundMe, so I have lowered the amount in our campaign to reflect that. We know the work we are doing is important, and we give our sunlight service from deep within our hearts. Thank you for being part of this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. May true peace reign and all beings benefit!
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Update 12
Posted by Project Sunshine
5 months ago
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Dear amazing supporters, thanks to you, Buddhist Project Sunshine is going to continue to do noble work - to create a world that you will be proud for our children to grow up in. We will be releasing a substantial investigation update later in August, and we are looking at extending the highly successful BPS moderated discussion group for another 2 months. I have looked at a budget to carry us through another three months (Aug-Sep-Oct), and have adjusted our fundraising goal to take us through October. Please help us by sharing our fundraiser through social media. Let's keep going!
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Update 11
Posted by Project Sunshine
7 months ago
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Everything is percolating along well at Buddhist Project Sunshine Headquarters. This is a big week:

(1) We open registration for the highly anticipated Buddhist Project Sunshine Social Media Discussion Group, and

(2) We are pleased to present the Phase 2 budget. See Richard Edelman's Budget Letter at: http://www.andreamwinn.com/project_sunshine/BPS_Phase2_Budget_Letter.pdf

Please note that we must raise $2,833 more to fund the Discussion Group through July 31st. We’d love your contribution to ensure this programming can happen! Any amount is welcome, even $5 gets us closer to our goal.

If you would like an invitation to participate in the Social Media Discussion Group, sign up for our email list at: http://andreamwinn.com/offerings/project_sunshine_2/

Thank you so much for your support of this exciting initiative!
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