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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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Pema Chodron: Walk the Walk

Sákyong Mipham Rimpoché en español



Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Family Meditation Children's Program

with Susie Cook & Carlos Gonzalez

January 18th—August 30th

Sunday Children's Program is a weekly practice opportunity where we welcome children as part of our Sangha as well as give them the space to be themselves. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Wednesday Dharma Night

with Acharya Melissa Moore, Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Kimber Simpkins, Shastri Ethan Nichtern, Shastri Gayle Van Gils

February 4th—August 26th

An evening of meditation practice, contemplation, and gathering of community. Perfect for newcomers—meditation instruction is available. Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Sadhana of Mahamudra - 2015

February 8th—December 27th

"[The Sadhana's] purpose was to bring together the two great traditions of the Vajrayana, as well as to exorcise the materialism which seemed to pervade spiritual disciplines in the modern world. Continue »

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

Profound Treasury: The Path of Individual Liberation Study Group

May 30th—March 12th (2016)

This class will explore the first volume of The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, compiled and edited by Judith Lief. We will cover the traditional hinayana teachings as taught by Chögyam Trungpa, including guided readings, contemplations, medita Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Mindful Eating: Joining Heaven and Earth at the Meal Table

with Marcella Friel

July 6th—August 3rd

If you long to create a sane relationship to food but struggle with your less-than-ideal eating habits, these classes are for you. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

When Things Fall Apart-Heart Advice for Difficult Times

with Shastri Amy Conway & Susan Arnesen

July 7th—September 3rd

Study the teachings of Pema Chodron from her best-selling book, When Things Fall Apart. In this 8-week class, explore how the practice of meditation can support us in opening to all life experience. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Heart of Bravery Video Talk Series

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche & Acharya Pema Chödron

July 12th—August 16th

Join us as we view and discuss the Sakyong's and Pema's talks from the most recent "Being Brave" retreat recorded live in Richmond, California. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

View and Practice of the Bodhisattva Path

with Jesse Miller & Lea Barrow

July 23rd—August 27th

This class is intended for those who aspire to or have already taken the Bodhisattva Vow. While far from a comprehensive study, the class is meant to further inspire our path with a hands on engagement with the teachings and practices of the Mahayana. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Dorje Kasung : Protector Principle

with Janet Ryvlin

July 26th—August 30th

These two gatherings will look at the general idea of kasungship, how kasungship relates to the dharma, kasungship as a practice, and some of the teachings related specifically to being a member of the kasung. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

The Ziji Collective in Mexico: A Shambhala Love Story

with Katrin Welch

July 29th

A multimedia presentation about the recent global summit, and how to carry forward the Sakyong’s wish for the future of Shambhala as a lightning rod for social transformation and social justice work. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Sarah Mandel & Jean Kerins

July 30th—August 27th

Have you ever been curious about meditation? This course provides introductory tools and teachings for working with meditation in everyday life. Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Sadhana of Mahamudra at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center

July 31st

We will be gathering at the stupa dedicated to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche at SMZC to chant the Sadhana of Mahamudra, open to all. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Full Moon, No Clouds: A Creative Process Lab and Art Appreciation Gathering

with Karen Pearle & Tyler Thompson

July 31st

Please join us in exploring the creative process through sensory exploration, meditation, contemplation, and art appreciation. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

with Acharya Alan Schwartz

July 31st—August 2nd

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse that goodness is the unconditional ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

First Thursday Open House & Dharma Night - Meditation, Mindfulness & Spirituality

with Kerry Schwartz

August 6th

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

Level IV: Awakened Heart

with Charity Martin

August 7th—August 9th

Level IV: Awakened Heart With trust in basic goodness and daring to experience the sharp edge of reality, we move forward with gentleness, increased awareness, and inquisitiveness about the world, as it is. We can extend ourselves to others fully and w Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Movie Night: Pay it Forward

August 7th

A young boy attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance. Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Overview of the Shambhala Buddhist Path and the Practice of Taking Refuge: One Day Seminar

with Jesse Miller

August 9th

An excellent opportunity to explore the Shambhala Buddhist path from the perspective of one of the Bay Area’s most knowledgeable and beloved teachers, and to investigate what it means to take refuge in general and at various points along that path. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Children and Being: A Volunteer Training

with Leslie Gossett

August 9th

Learn how to create a space for children to connect to their own goodness, wisdom, kindness, and strength. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Community Meeting

with Shastri Amy Conway & Alex Van Gils

August 9th

Please join us for a community meeting to discuss and envision the future of our center. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Raana Bastani

August 11th—September 8th

An introduction to and exploration of meditation. Open to everyone. The five week class explores the view and practice of sitting meditation as it applies to our daily lives. This is the first class in the Way of Shambhala I series. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Deleg Launch Potluck

with Jesse Miller

August 16th

A Shambhala Society is a culture of kindness and caring for others. A deleg system is one of the ways we can strengthen this culture within our community. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Author Event: Way of Seeing

with Miriam Hall

August 17th

the Contemplative Photography Circle is honored to host an author event with Miriam Hall, co-Author of the recently published "The Way of Seeing". Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Third Friday Movie Night - Contact

August 21st

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

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level 4

with Shastri Manuel Medeiros

August 21st—August 23rd

In Level IV, we will learn to allow our heart and intuition to open so that we can communicate fully with the world. Continue »

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