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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 »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Pema Chodron: Living Beautifully with Uncertainty & Change: How to Live in Challenging Times

with Barbara Hirschfeld

January 4th—February 8th

In this recorded retreat, taught by Pema Chödrön and her teaching assistant, Meg Wheatley and facilitated live by Barbara Hirschfeld, provide a wealth of wisdom for learning to step right into the river of change and uncertainty. 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 »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Essential Heart of Kasungship 1 - Online with one in person day at SF Shambhala

with Laura Livingston

January 10th—January 28th

The Dorje Kasung, is a service organization within the Shambhala community charged with maintaining a container of wakefulness in which the teaching and practice of meditation can occur. Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Contentment In Everyday Life

with Jesse Miller

January 12th—February 16th

This course provides an exploration of genuine contentment, the foundational views of the Buddhist teachings, and meditation in action for daily life. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Meditation in Everyday Life - January 2017

January 15th—March 15th

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

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Sadhana of Mahamudra

January 29th

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 »

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 »

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

Contentment In Everyday Life

with Barbara Hirschfeld & Irv Kirschbaum

January 29th—February 12th

Contentment can be hard to find. Much of the time we search for contentment in things, achievements or relationships. With meditation and contemplation practice, we learn we can relax with ourselves as we are and appreciate simple human experience. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Contentment In Everyday Life in Santa Rosa

with Barbara Hirschfeld & Irv Kirschbaum

January 29th—February 12th

Contentment can be hard to find. Much of the time we search for contentment in things, achievements or relationships. With meditation and contemplation practice, we learn we can relax with ourselves as we are and appreciate simple human experience. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Mudra Space Awareness Practice

with Greg Heffron

January 29th

Mudra Space Awareness is a powerful mind-body meditative discipline unique to the Shambhala lineage, and is rarely taught or practiced. This workshop will introduce Mudra to those not familiar, and deepen it for those that are. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Pema Chodron Study Group

February 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

Open House

February 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

Ashe Society Community Monthly Practice

February 5th

The Ashe Society practice is a unique tool for our time that cuts through obstacles and don, and offers the fruition of unimpeded basic goodness. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Welcome to Shambhala: An Introduction to Meditation

with Rees Sweeney-Taylor

February 5th

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

Feeling Human Again: A Public Talk

with Acharya Alan Schwartz

February 10th

This introductory talk to the weekend, "The Art of Being Human," is free and open to all. Whether you have have attended this program before or are new to Shambhala, this evening is a special opportunity to reconnect with your basic goodness. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

with Acharya Alan Schwartz

February 10th—February 12th

Discover basic goodness in the world and ourselves. Through the practice of meditation, we begin to glimpse that goodness is the unconditional ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

February 12th

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

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Mamo Chants: Clear Out Our Karma for a Fresh Start

with Acharya Christie Cashman

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 and reconnect wi Continue »

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