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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

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 »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Aging with Humor, Dignity & Confidence Affinity Group - Second Sunday of Each Month

with Carlos Gonzalez

April 12th—July 12th

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

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Making Friends with Yourself: Exploring Self, Selflessness, and the Roots of Attachment

June 15th—July 20th

Every winter Pema Chödrön leads a retreat for the thirty residents of Gampo Abbey, her home in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. This unique online course is the first time the teaching from one of these retreats has been made available to the general public. Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Pema Chödrön: The Wisdom of Coming Home to Ourselves

with Malcolm Miller & Barbara Hirschfeld

June 17th—July 22nd

This video class will be taught by Ani Pema Chödrön and facilitated by Malcolm Miller and Barbara Hirschfeld. In her characteristic user-friendly style, Pema Chödrön delivers fresh teachings on traditional Buddhist wisdom. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Robert Pressnall & Raana Bastani

June 18th—July 16th

As the path continues, we learn to work with anxiety, so that we are not blocked by fear. Through an exploration of the traditional Buddhist teachings of mind and the nature of reality, we learn to see clearly. We dare to face life and death as they are. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

20th Anniversary of the Enthronement of the Sakyong

July 5th

Come join for a community celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Enthronment of the Sakyong. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

20th Anniversary of the Sakyong's Enthronement Celebration & Nyinthun

July 5th

The Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Sakyong's Enthronement with a full day of practice. ALL ARE WELCOME! Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Sakyong's Enthronement

July 5th

We will gather this Sunday to mark the the 20th anniversary of the formal Enthronement of the Sakyong. As part of the program, we will chant the Shambhala Sadhana which is open to all for this occasion. 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 »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Healing Personal and Social Oppression

with Shastri Charlene Leung & Caren Ohlson

July 8th

We’ve inherited a world plagued with social injustices: income inequality, environmental imbalance, racial profiling, sexism, homophobia, to name a few. Understanding how these complex systems operate, let alone doing something about it, can feel overwhel Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Six Ways of Compassionate Living

with Jesse Miller

July 11th

Please join us for a day of contemplative practice based on teachings from The Myth of Freedom by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and The Places that scare you by Pema Chodron. Continue »

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

Movie Night - Groundhog Day

July 11th

A weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Karaokomunnitee Party

July 11th

Karaoke is back at Sharchen Dzong!! And of course, our ever popular ice cream bar will be available, as will our other kind of bar. 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 »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Third Friday Movie Night - Hector and the Search for Happiness (Rated

July 17th

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

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Open Mic and Dinner

July 17th

Please join us for an evening of food, music, and community. Continue »

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

Learn to Meditate Workshop

with Charlotte Linde

July 18th

Meditation is a personal journey and a path of social transformation. Learn to meditate, and naturally grow your confidence, mindful awareness, and compassion. This workshop is a three hour program that will help you learn how to do sitting and walkin Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Being a Friend to Yourself and Others

with Acharya Emily Bower

July 18th—July 19th

In the Buddhist tradition, lovingkindness is not just a feeling, but a way of being present with ourselves and others. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Diversity and Cultural Humility in Enlightened Society

with Shastri Charlene Leung & Robert Pressnall

July 18th

Enlightened society brings out the best in any situation with caring, inquisitiveness and appreciation. Caring comes from listening, from being curious about others, and naturally leads to appreciation. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Sunday Afternoon Gathering for MIs, ADs, and Guides

with Acharya Emily Bower

July 19th

In this informal gathering of MIs, ADs and Guides, Acharya Bower will share some simple practices and contemplations to support and enhance our ability to offer kindness to others—by expressing and extending kindness to ourselves. 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 »

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