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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

Nyinthun - First Sunday of Each Month

January 3rd—December 4th

The Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center offers Nyinthun, a day of practice, regularly on the 1st Sunday of the month. ALL ARE WELCOME! Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Weekly Family Meditation Program

with Susie Cook & Carlos Gonzalez

January 3rd—August 28th

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

Aging with Dignity, Humor & Confidence Affinity Group - Cancelled for Summer Hiatus

with Carlos Gonzalez

January 17th—September 11th

This is an affinity group for exploring aging. This group will meet at the Sonoma Shambhala Center the second Sunday of every month. Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Sadhana of Mahamudra - 2016

February 7th—November 27th

The Sadhana of Mahamudra is a meditation and chant practiced regularly by the Shambhala community. Please join us! Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Lojong (Mind Training) Talk Series

with Rob Lee, Jesse Miller, Sarah Woodard

April 24th—August 28th

Join us on the last Sunday of every month for a dharma talk with a senior Shambhala teacher. This series of talks on Lojong (Mind Training) is open to all. Come to one or the entire series. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Sadhana - Full Moon Practice

April 24th—December 11th

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

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

The Heart of the Matter: How to Live with Compassion and Courage

with Bill Fell & Patti Larson

June 16th—July 28th

An immersive online retreat taught by Pema Chödrön. Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice [at Open Sky Retreat Space]

June 19th—July 19th

A monthly gathering for this chanting and visualization practice written by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche just prior to the conclusion of a year long retreat. The Shambhala Sadhana powerfully and simply communicates the essence of basic goodness and enlightened Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

How to Live With Compassion and Courage: An Online Video Retreat with Ani Pema Chödron

with Shastri Amy Conway & Susan Arnesen

June 21st—August 2nd

Please join us at the time of Pema Chödrön’s 80th  birthday—and just before she embarks on a yearlong retreat—to experience her generous heart and deep wisdom in a very special online course. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Welcome to Shambhala: An Introduction to Meditation

July 3rd

This monthly offering is a perfect gateway for newcomers to the practice of meditation and the core Shambhala teachings on basic human goodness and creating enlightened society. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Pema Chodron Study Group

July 6th

"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 & Dharma Night

July 7th

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 »

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

May Goodness Be All-Victorious: A One Week Urban Retreat.

July 9th

May Goodness Be All-Victorious: Personal Transformation and Societal Transformation An urban weekthun With Shastri Manny Medeiros and Shastri Joanne Martin Braun Berkeley Shambhala Center, July 9-15 Continue »

Shambhala Northern California

May Goodness Be All-Victorious: A One Week Urban Retreat.

with Shastri Manuel Medeiros & Shastri Joanne Martin Braun

July 9th—July 15th

BERKELEY SHAMBHALA CENTER. Please join us for a week of intensive practice which will incorporate material from the Basic Goodness II class, "How Can I Help." Practice tracks for shamatha (sitting meditation) and vajrayana practice will be included. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

May Goodness Be All-Victorious: A One Week Urban Retreat.

with Shastri Manuel Medeiros & Shastri Joanne Martin Braun

July 9th—July 15th

Please join us for a week of intensive practice which will incorporate material from the Basic Goodness II class, "How Can I Help." Practice tracks for shamatha (sitting meditation) and vajrayana practice will be included. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

May Goodness Be All Victorious: A One Week Urban Retreat

with Shastri Joanne Martin Braun & Shastri Manuel Medeiros

July 9th—July 15th

A One-Week Urban Meditation Retreat presented by Northern California Shambhala at the Berkeley Shambhala Center Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Third Friday Movie Night - Dalai Lama Awakening

July 15th

Please join us on the third Friday of each month for a great movie! Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Open Heart, Awake Mind: An Introduction to Contemplative Psychology

with Shastri Sandra Ladley & Sakti Rose

July 16th—July 17th

If you’d like to taste meditation and Buddhist wisdom, and to learn about the background and experiential methods of Contemplative Psychology, then this day and a half introductory program on the fundamentals of Contemplative Psychology and Karuna Train Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

[For Shambhala Educators only] Shambhala Meditation: Proclaiming Basic Goodness online presentation

with Marcia Clayburg

July 17th—July 31st

We will be viewing the online presentation of the Shambhala Meditation: Proclaiming Basic Goodness program originally taught Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 [restricted to Shambhala Educators] Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

July 19th

All community members and their families are invited to gather on full moons to practice the Shambhala Sadhana. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Art + Life Retreat: Shambhala Art Program 1-5

with Shastri Sandra Ladley & Susan Dever

July 22nd—July 28th

A non-residential retreat at the Berkeley Shambhala Center that will include all five parts of the Shambhala Art training program. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Money Matters with Your Mate - Financial WellBeing's Online Talk

with Shastri Joanne Martin Braun

July 23rd

Join this online intorductory talk on working with money in relationship with a personal partner Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Pema Chodron's 'How To Meditate' Book Study Group

with Irv Kirschbaum & Susie Cook

July 24th—August 28th

Please join us as we deeply contemplate and practice together the teachings presented in Ani Pema Chodron's book 'How To Meditate'. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

IMMERSION: Ikebana Summer Workshops

with Alice Tarkeshi

July 31st

IMMERSION: Ikebana Summer Workshops. In this series, we find ourselves in open environments finding objects and finding ourselves. In open elemental environments, we start to feel the relaxing of boundary that frees our spirit and creativity. Please join Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Lyle Larson

August 2nd—August 29th

Meditation in Everyday Life is a 5-week course that teaches mindfulness meditation and shows you how this practice can improve your daily life in the most practical sense. Experience what happens when you stop avoiding yourself and the present moment and Continue »

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