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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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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

with Carlos Gonzalez

January 17th—May 8th

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

Shambhala Sadhana - 2016

January 31st—June 19th

Join us as we practice the Shambhala Sadhana, through which we unite our voices and our visualization in order to embody and realize enlightened society. 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 »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

The Myth of Freedom: Online talks by Pema Chodron and Group Discussion

with Barbara Hirschfeld & Malcolm Miller

April 13th—May 18th

Following sitting practice, we will watch a video with Pema Chödrön based on The Myth of Freedom, book followed by a group discussion facilitated by Barbara Hirschfeld and Malcolm Miller. Open to all. Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Contemplating The Sadhana of Mahamudra

with Jesse Miller

April 20th—May 18th

Please join us for a contemplative exploration of the profound and vast teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. 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 »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Living Your Life Like It's Golden: Meditation and a Meaningful Life (Oakland Shambhala)

with Shastri Sandra Ladley

April 26th—May 17th

What would it mean to live your life like it's golden? In this four week series hosted by Oakland Shambhala, Shastri Sandra will lead us in meditation, conversation and creative exploration. Come to one or all of these classes. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Awaken Chicago, Awaken World

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

April 29th

You are invited to come together for a journey across what divides us. It’s time to awaken the power within all of us to transform the isolation, inequality and violence that touches us all. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II

with Marcia Clayburg

April 30th—May 1st

Cultivating the willingness to observe our cocoon of habitual fear and defense mechanisms. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Welcome to Shambhala: An Introduction to Meditation

May 1st

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 »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Joy In Everyday Life

with Barbara Hirschfeld

May 1st—May 22nd

As meditation practice expands and we develop trust in basic goodness, we can begin to discover the confidence and personal energy to go forward on the journey. Joining gentleness with discipline leads to a sense of joy. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Six Explorations of Yoga

May 2nd—June 13th

Join Shambhala Meditation Center for an inspiring yoga offering—six workshops, each exploring a different element of the yoga practice. For both new and seasoned yogis and yoginis. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Pema Chodron Study Group

May 4th

"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 - Diversity in Shambhala

May 5th

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

Sadhana of Mahamudra

May 6th

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 »

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Meditation: Proclaiming Basic Goodness With Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Shastri Sandra Ladley

with Shastri Sandra Ladley

May 6th—May 7th

Open to the Public-Friday night talk by Shastri Sandra Ladley Open to the Public (and Shambhala Educators specifically Saturday Afternoon) Saturday we will have a light breakfast from 8:30-9:00am and then receive the transmission of the Shambhala Medit Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Mother's Day Ikebana Workshop

with Alice Tarkeshi

May 8th

Celebrating the cosmic Mother Principle which is the principle of Space! Please join us in the expression and sharing. All are welcome, no previous experience is necessary. Continue »

Shambhala Northern California

Turning the Golden Key: A weekend retreat

with Acharya Alan Schwartz

May 12th—May 15th

SORRY. REGISTRATION IS FULL. This extended weekend affords us an opportunity to focus on the Shambhala Terma text "The Golden Key Which Fulfills Desire". Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Young Meditator's Night Kick-Off

May 12th

Join our community for a bi-monthly gathering where young adults (and adults young in spirit) can have a space to meditate, share ideas, experiences and connect with one another on a deeper level. Participants have the opportunity to work with a Shambhala Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Mindful Eating: Learn EFT to Liberate Unwise Food Choices

with Marcella Friel

May 13th—May 15th

MIndful Eating with Marcella Friel: Learn EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique, to liberate unwise food choices. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

RADICAL EMBODIMENT- a Mudra Space Awareness Workshop

with Greg Heffron

May 13th—May 14th

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 »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Qigong Levels 1 and 2

with Michael Busby

May 14th—May 15th

Qigong is designed to cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through Taoist practices that integrate movement, breath, and qi (internal energy) to promote health and longevity. A form of gentle, relaxing exercise, qigong strengthens joints, muscl Continue »

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