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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 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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Special Opportunities for holiday practice and winter retreats.
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PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA REGION

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

The Four Dharmas of Gampopa - Book Study Class

with Jesse Miller

November 19th—January 14th (2015)

"In order to gain real freedom, one has to be free from the search for happiness."—Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness- A series of Open House Talks

with Jesse Miller

November 30th—December 21st

“According to the buddhadharma, spirituality means relating with the working basis of one’s existence, which is one’s state of mind. The method for beginning to relate directly with mind is the practice of mindfulness.” -Chögyam Trunkpa Rinpoche Mindf Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Wedesday Dharma Night Holiday Session

December 10th—January 28th (2015)

A great introduction to the Shambhala Buddhist teachings. Featuring meditation practice, and meditation instruction. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Solstice/Children's Day Community Celebration

December 21st

Join the Sonoma Shambhala Community for a celebration of the change of seasons. Something for people of all ages -- young and old. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Children's Day

December 21st

A magical celebration of brilliance, light, and the children in our lives. Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Winter Solstice and Children’s Day Celebration

December 21st

All are welcome, as we gather together to create a warm and magical celebration of this season, including decorating the shrine, enjoying delicious food and drink, and other festivities. Continue »

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

Winter Solstice Celebration

December 21st

The Winter Solstice provides a special opportunity to express appreciation. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Practice Night Canceled

December 24th

Practice night will be canceled: December 24th Continue »

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

Winter Feast of Practice

with Charlotte Linde

December 26th—January 1st (2015)

This is a full week of meditation practice. You are invited to come for all or some of the sessions. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Transformation Through Stillness: Winter Retreat Opening Talk and Reception

with Shastri Sandra Ladley

December 27th

Taking time to reflect deeply in retreat can be transformative, revitalizing, and edifying. This public talk that will open the Winter Retreat. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Transformation through Stillness: A Deep Winter Community Meditation Retreat

with Shastri Sandra Ladley & Shastri Charlene Leung

December 27th—January 3rd (2015)

Wintertime is a natural season of reflection and transformation; what better opportunity than around the busyness of the holidays to gather together to look deeply within? Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Transformation through Stillness: A Deep Winter Community Meditation Retreat in Berkeley

with Shastri Sandra Ladley & Shastri Charlene Leung

December 27th—January 3rd (2015)

This week-long community meditation retreat at the Berkeley Shambhala Center will include meditation, body awareness, talks, personal interviews and group discussion. All are welcome. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

The View and Path of Dorje Kasungship

with Matthew Parkinson & Janet Ryvlin

December 28th

This talk will be an opportunity to learn about and discuss the Dorje Kasung from Shambhala's Northern California Regimental Commander! Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Winter Holiday Practice Intensive

December 29th—December 31st

The Center will be open all day for anyone who wishes to practice. With periods of sitting and walking meditation, contemplations and shamatha yoga. The sitting practice will conclude Wednesday, New Year’s Eve evening with a meal and a movie. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

New Year's Eve Sadhana of Mahamudra and Celebration

December 31st

Join us on New Year’s Eve for our traditional celebration and potluck dinner, 5:15 pm-8:00 pm and beyond. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Practice Night Canceled

December 31st

Practice night will be canceled: December 31st Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Navigating Through Space with the Tibetan Book of the Dead

January 1st (2015)

Start the New Year With a Clear Path and a Warrior’s Heart as We Real Aloud the Entire Bardo Thotrol, The Great Liberation Through Hearing in the Bardo. Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Jesse Miller

January 3rd—January 4th (2015)

Shambhala Training I is the first weekend in a series of contemplative workshops suited for both beginning and experienced meditators and of benefit to people of any spiritual tradition. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Joy in Everyday Life

with Jonathan Ransohoff & Lori Ruth

January 6th—February 3rd (2015)

Joy in Everyday Life (JIEL) will take us deeper into the Shambhala teachings on cheerfulness and health. Through study and practice of these teachings on discipline and the traditional Buddhist teachings of the Mahayana, we step out of the trap of our hab Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

with Shastri Sandra Ladley & Seth Bregman

January 8th—February 12th (2015)

The Basic Goodness Series is an introduction to the view of Shambhala, taught in an experiential way. The key difference between the Everyday Life series and the Basic Goodness series is that the Everyday Life classes emphasize personal transformation in Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Meditation in Everyday Life

January 8th—February 5th (2015)

This five-week class provides an opportunity to deepen the experience and understanding of meditation. Offers practical suggestions for establishing a sitting practice in the midst of our speedy lives and discussion of the practice challenges students fac Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

The Energy of Fresh Start: Overcoming New Year's Depression

with Melissa Moore

January 14th (2015)

We often approach the New Year with a long list of resolutions, but soon after this fresh start, our motivation can wane. Continue »

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