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Northern California Shambhala

Northern California Shambhala is a community of meditation centers and study groups located in Berkeley, Davis, Northern Sierra, San Francisco, San Rafael, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Sonoma, Sonora, and Silicon Valley. To locate a center near you, click a location on the map (below) or click here.

We are part of Shambhala International, a community of meditation centers founded in 1973 by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, artist, author, and poet. More

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PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA REGION

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Weekly Family Meditation Program

January 3rd—March 26th

Sunday Family Meditation is a weekly practice opportunity where we welcome parents & children to come practice meditation and participate in our community. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Sadhana - Full Moon Practice

with Shastri Joanne Martin Braun

April 24th—June 4th

The Shambhala Sadhana as a practice to celebrate and strengthen our understanding of basic goodness and enlightened society. Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Sadhana Full Moon Community Practice

August 21st—June 11th

The Shambhala Sadhana is simple and quite powerful in its direct approach to basic goodness and is open to all Shambhala community members and friends. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Tuesday Evening Meditation Practice & Book Study

with Irv Kirschbaum

January 3rd—February 28th

Please join us for an evening of meditation & book study together in community. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Beginning at the Beginning: The Path of Individual Liberation

with Rebekka Martorano & Richard Darsie

January 5th—February 23rd

In this class, we will discuss readings from Volume 1 of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma: The Path of Individual Liberation. Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Shambhala Sadhana - 2017

January 15th—March 12th

With Sangha as our mutual witness, the Shambhala Sadhana supports us in connecting with our inherent sanity, our basic goodness. Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

with Sarah Woodard

January 18th—February 22nd

Studying The Four Foundations of Mindfulness using the source text: The Satipatthana Sutra. Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Sadhana of Mahamudra - 2017

January 29th—March 26th

The Sadhana of Mahamudra is a meditation and chant practiced regularly by the Shambhala community. It was written by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche while on retreat in Bhutan in 1968. Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Sadhana of Mahamudra Community Practice

January 29th—June 25th

The Sadhana of Mahamudra is a meditation practice and liturgy chanted by the Shambhala community on the new or full moon days of the lunar calendar, open to all. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Mamo Chants: Clear Out Our Karma for a Fresh Start

February 16th—February 25th

Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos is traditionally recited by Buddhist practitioners from the twentieth through the twenty-ninth days of the last lunar month of the Tibetan year. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Mamo Chants: Clearing away obstacles to waking up

February 16th—February 25th

The mamo chant is an elaborate protector offering traditionally recited from the twentieth through the twenty-ninth days of the last lunar month of the Tibetan year. By reciting the chant, we tune into the protector principle of awareness. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Ashe, The Essence of Life: A Dön Season Scorpion Seal, Werma, and Ngondro Retreat (Berkeley)

with Acharya Christie Cashman

February 18th—February 23rd

This retreat will be delighting in Ashe in its various aspects and applications. The program will include videos of the Sakyong teaching on stroke practice and Ashe at Sacred World Assembly, daily talks, physical exercises, and intensive practice of Scorp Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior

with Shastri Manuel Medeiros & Greg Pirotti

February 18th—February 19th

Having experienced a taste of basic goodness, we want to go forward. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. We begin to appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle to experiencing basic goodness. Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Mamo Chants: Clear Out Our Karma for a Fresh Start

February 19th

Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos is traditionally recited by Buddhist practitioners from the twentieth through the twenty-ninth days of the last lunar month of the Tibetan year. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Cleaning the Center for a Fresh Start

with Rees Sweeney-Taylor

February 25th

Start the Year of the Fire Bird right by helping clean and uplift our local Shambhala Center! Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Sadhana of Mahamudra

February 26th

This Vajrayana practice is open to everyone and is a means of overcoming obstacles in one's practice and life. The Sadhana consists of brief silent meditation, chanting, and mantra recitation. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Neutral Day: Cleaning the Center for a Fresh Start

February 26th

Please join us in cleaning our center. Neutral Day is traditionally devoted to cleaning and uplifting of our environment. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Day: Year of the Fire Bird

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

February 27th

Shambhala Day is a time for us to express the wealth and richness of our spiritual and cultural heritage through feasting, conviviality, elegance and pomp. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Shambhala Day 2017 — Year of the Firebird (Berkeley & SF)

February 27th—March 5th

Gather with our community for this important, annual event. We will practice together, and listen to an online address by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Day

February 27th

Come join our annual celebration of Tibetan New Year: Shambhala Day - a time of worldwide community celebration. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Pema Chodron Study Group

March 1st

"When you open yourself to the continually changing, impermanent, dynamic nature of your own being and of reality, you increase your capacity to love and care about other people and your capacity to not be afraid. You're able to keep your eyes open, your Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

First Thursday Open House

March 2nd

The public is warmly invited to these informal events that are an introduction to our Center, Shambhala Buddhism and the practice of peaceful abiding meditation. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation (online)

with Shastri Charlene Leung, Robert Pressnall, Kelsey Blackwell

March 2nd—March 30th

Join us for an embodied exploration of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation, by Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, Jasmine Syedullah Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation (in-person)

with Shastri Charlene Leung, Robert Pressnall, Kelsey Blackwell

March 2nd—March 30th

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Day Community Celebration: Year of the Fire Bird

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

March 5th

Come participate in & enjoy this annual worldwide community celebration of Tibetan New Year: Shambhala Day. Continue »

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