Board of Director members serve a vital function in leading and guiding the Manjushri Dharma Center in support of Rinpoche’s Dharma activities. Each person serves in a voluntary capacity for a term of 2 years, renewable by mutual consent.
The positions of the board are: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Spiritual Director, Newsletter Coordinator, Communications Coordinator. If you have a wish to benefit the Center with your interest and expertise, please contact Shayna at with your name, the position you would like to be nominated for, a little bit about why you’re interested in the position.
May the Dharma continue to grow and flourish! Your help and support helps to continue this.

President/Membership Director
Bob Mueller has been nominated for this position


Duties, Tasks, & Time Commitment: 

  • Set agenda and host the MDC Annual Sangha Meetings. Agenda coordination takes roughly 1 hour per month, and the meetings are typically 2 hours per month.
  • Event Coordination and Participation: help to plan curriculum and activities, and volunteer at events to set up/break down/coordinate volunteers/etc
  • Generate ideas to increase membership and better serve members
  • Welcomes new members
  • Create new events to foster members getting to know each other, membership drives, and possibly seek grant funding for MDC.
  • Special Communication & Coordination
    • Meet on an ongoing basis with Rinpoche to communicate Board decisions and actions as well as seek his input, ideas and plans for MDC direction
    • Represent MDC as needed, communicate and coordinate with Board Members and Sangha via email beyond the weekly newsletter as to ongoing developments, prayer requests, etc.  (1 hour per month)
  • Jump in as needed with other duties as assigned

Time Commitment:

  • Approximately 8-10 hours per month.

Currently filled by:  Shayna Morse
Term began:  2018 as Treasurer
Nominated to fill Vice-President Role in Addition to Treasurer

Duties & Tasks

  • To take care of the payments, income and accounting for the Dharma Center so that we can maintain a balanced budget and help sustain the financial stability of MDC and help with the expansion of dharma activities.
  • Twice a month, collect donations from MDC and deposit to the Bank.
  • Pay MDC bills for utilities, Rinpoche’s wages, and other expenses.
  • Coordinate with Tax person re MDC 1099 and W2 forms for MDC and re Rinpoche’s taxes.
  • Track the accounting and keep monthly balance sheet.
  • Attend Board meetings.
  • Help with any mail for Rinpoche and respond appropriately with his input.
  • Vice-president duties include stepping in for President as needed, fulfilling those roles when President not available.

Time Commitment:

  • Approximately 8-10 hours per month.


Deirdre Means has been nominated for this position

Duties & Tasks:

  • Attends and takes minutes for monthly Board meetings, publishes minutes by email each month for adoption by Board
  • Keeps record of all minutes annually
  • Promotion of all events that are open to the public by posting to community calendars (KAZU, MC Weekly), writing to local papers (PG Cedar Street Times, Herald, MC Weekly), and circulating by various announcement boards (Craigslist, EventBrite)
  • Checks Dharma Center phone messages and emails once per week, responds or routes accordingly
  • Maintain documents for future board members such as MDC Membership List, Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation, etc
  • Jump in as needed with other duties as needed

Time Commitment

  • 2-6 hours per month

Facilities Director
Keith Larson has been nominated for this position

Duties & Tasks:

  • keeping the Dharma Center clean and inviting for KKR (Khenpo Karten Rinpoche) and all sangha members. This is done by ad hoc cleaning parties, with ad hoc volunteers, not on a regular basis. KKR keeps things very well, so it is never a huge job.
  • A couple times a year a “deeper cleaning” happens, getting back into cabinets, refrigerator, etc. We do not enter KKR’s room except with permission.
  • The garden has been beautifully cared for by several volunteers, as well as an untold number of anonymous volunteers who keep adding to our flowers and plants in a randomly beautiful way.
  • Repairs, large and small (mostly small) are also done by the facility manager, getting volunteers when possible.

Time Commitment

  • 2-6 hours per month


Newsletter Coordinator

Duties & Tasks:
  • Call Rinpoche once per week to check on the schedule and announcements for newsletter
  • Write up content and send draft via email to MDC Board Members and Rinpoche to call for any additional newsletter items or edits
  • Coordinate a final draft with edits via email , newsletter goes out each Monday via Mail Chimp.
Time Commitment
  • Weekly commitment of 1-3 hours


Communications Coordinator
Currently filled by:  Ashley Gamble
Term began:  2018
(TBD on when or if position will be open)

 Duties & Tasks:
  • Newsletter and Website Maintenance
    • Upload content and choose images for weekly newsletter and MDC website; schedule and send to all newsletter subscribers
    • add new subscribers weekly, as communicated by Newsletter coordinator
  • Flyer creation and Document Maintenance
    • Create, maintain and update print handouts like flyers, the weekly schedule handout, and brochures as well as printed prayers needed for events.
Time Commitment
  • Weekly commitment of 1-3 hours

Mission of the Manjushri Dharma Center:

The Manjushri Dharma Center is organized for the purpose of providing an open and supportive spiritual environment for the practice of Buddhist meditation and study of dharma.

Its purpose is to cultivate a path that leads to a deeper understanding of the Buddhas path of liberation and ones spirituality through:

  • Uniting a community of practitioners to study Buddhist teachings and through regular meetings, offering an approach to deepen ones spiritual practice.
  • Inspiring people to practice and increase love and compassion through our local communities and to think globally.
  • Providing services to our community through public teachings, providing opportunities for teachings and retreats.
  • Facilitating regular meditation and Amitabha Buddhist practice that is open to anybody.

The practice and teachings are based on the Karma Kagyu and Nyingma Buddhist traditions of our founder, Khenpo Karten Rinpoche.


As part of our formation as an official California Not-for-Profit Religious Corporation, it was established that the day-to-day operations of the Manjushri Dharma Center are operated by a minimum of three (President, Treasurer, and Secretary), maximum of seven volunteer Directors, known as the Board of Directors (See Manjushri Dharma Center Bylaws).   Volunteers Board Members are voted in at a meeting of the Sangha held each year at the annual retreat and they serve two year terms (one-year terms also OK), and may serve consecutively.

Bylaws of the Manjushri Dharma Center

Download Document:  Bylaws of the Manjushri Dharma Center, Approved January 2017