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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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PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA REGION

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Sadhana of Mahamudra

April 20th—December 7th

"[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 »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Work Sex Money Real Life on the Path of Mindfulness Book Study

June 1st—August 31st

Join us for as we read and study together Chögyam Trungpa's book. We'll explore together how work, sex, and money are just as much a part of our spiritual life as they are a part of our everyday existence. Attend all classes, or just drop in when you ca Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma: Volume I - The Path of Individual Liberation - Study Class

with Jesse Miller

June 11th—July 30th

Please join us for an eight week study group which begins the mutual exploration of the seminary teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Based on Volume One of The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma - The Path of Individual Liberation. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Wednesday Dharma Night Summer Session

June 25th—September 3rd

June 18 marks our last full Wednesday Dharma Night until after Labor Day. Instead we will be holding sitting meditation from 6:30 to 7:30 every Wednesday evening. Meditation instruction is available. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Aging with Humor and Dignity Affinity Group

with Janet Ryvlin & Irv Kirschbaum

June 28th—August 23rd

This is an affinity group for exploring the challenges of aging. Through open discussion as well as videos and reading we will view this time of life through the wisdom of Shambhala Buddhist teachings. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Full Day of Meditation - Nyinthun

July 6th—December 7th

The Sonoma Shambhala Meditation is re-instituting a Shambhala tradition: the Nyinthün. A full day of practice. Meditators at all levels are invited to attend. You may come for all or any part of the day. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change

with Shastri Amy Conway & Susan Arnesen

July 7th—August 4th

The teachings presented in Pema Chödrön's newest book are known as the “Three Commitments”. They provide a wealth of wisdom for learning to step right into the river—to be completely, fearlessly present even in the hardest of times and the most difficult Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Art Retreat: All Five Parts

with Shastri Sandra Ladley & Anne Saitzyk

July 26th—August 1st

This Shambhala Art retreat will provide an opportunity for artists and non-artists alike to experience creativity and its genuine expression in all aspects of our lives. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Family Day Children's Program

July 27th—August 17th

Sunday Family Day is a monthly 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

The Marriage of East and West Through Contemporary Flower Design

with Alice Tarkeshi

August 2nd

In this day-long workshop, students will be working with the principles of Heaven, Earth and Human, and find their own personal expression in the context of Modern Art. Each session reflects a sequence that applies to both the Shambhala warrior teachings Continue »

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

Meditation In Everyday Life

with Charlotte Linde & Mark Hobbs

August 3rd—August 24th

By making a deep connection to the present moment and understanding our mind through the practice of meditation, we learn to make friends with ourselves. This introductory course offers the tools for establishing a personal meditation practice. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Movie Night: Digital Dharma

August 8th

Digital Dharma is the chronicle of a cultural rescue. This feature-length documentary brings to light the magnitude of E. Gene Smith's inspirational 50-year quest to save the literary history of a disappearing culture and then deliver them to the entire w Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level 1

with Shastri Manuel Medeiros

August 9th—August 10th

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

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Miksang Photography Level 1

with James Marzano

August 16th—August 23rd

Miksang Level One purifies our visual perception by working directly with the elements of the visual field: color, light, form, and space. Two consecutive Saturdays with a Sunday Photo Walk. Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

The Six Ways of Ruling: Heart Advice For Creating Enlightened Society

August 16th—August 23rd

The Six Ways of Ruling are unique teachings on society and leadership. They are a distinctive aspect of Shambhala wisdom on creating enlightened society. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Social Meditation

August 17th—August 31st

You are invited to join us for the practice of Social Meditation following Sunday morning meditation. In this practice, we expand our meditative awareness to include our communication and interaction with each other. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level IV

with Lyle Larson

August 22nd—August 24th

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

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Lyle Larson & Marshall Bishop

August 28th—September 25th

The Fearlessness in Everyday Life course mixes meditation with the vastness of space beyond concept. Continue »

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

Movie Night: The Lunchbox

August 29th

Warm, affectionate, and sweet but not cloying, The Lunchbox is a clever crowd-pleaser from first-time director Ritesh Batra. Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Tamalpais Shambhala Open Sky Community Visioning Retreat

with Jesse Miller

August 31st

Please join us on Sunday, August 31st for a Community Visioning Retreat. We will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a day of practice, a dharma talk, and a visioning session to be held at Open Sky Retreat Space in Sebastopol. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

First Thursday Open House & Dharma Night

September 4th

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no Open House in August. We'll continue in September. 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

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Acharya Alan Schwartz

September 6th—September 7th

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 »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Karuna Training: Introduction to Contemplative Psychology

with Acharya Melissa Moore

September 6th—September 7th

An introductory class for people who would like to experience the fundamentals of Karuna Training and the foundations of Contemplative Psychology. Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Jesse Miller

September 8th—October 6th

Overcoming our fear, we leap with daring into our lives. This is the 4th in the series of the Way of Shambhala, Everyday life courses. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart

September 12th—September 14th

In Shambhala Training Level IV, we learn how to awaken and open our hearts so that we can communicate fully with the world. Continue »

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