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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 »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Up Close and Personal: Shambhala - The Sacred Path of the Warrior

with Jesse Miller

April 29th—July 1st

Please join us for a careful study and interactive discussion of Chogyam Trungpa's seminal teachings on the Shambhala Path, Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Preparing To Die: A Six Week Book Study Group

with Shastri Amy Conway & Peter Dobbin

May 5th—June 9th

Meet with members of the San Francisco Shambhala community to discuss the topic of death, dying, and how our meditation practice can prepare us for this inevitable event we will all experience. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Basic Goodness 3: What is Real?

with Shastri Charlene Leung & Shastri Sandra Ladley

May 7th—June 11th

How do we know what is real? How might we begin to ask this question in a way that is meaningful for our everyday lives? Continue »

Shambhala Northern California

Rousing a Mind of Goodness and Delight

with Acharya Melissa Moore

May 22nd—May 29th

A week-long meditation retreat (weekthun) and evocation of enlightened society in action. SONOMA MOUNTAIN ZEN CENTER. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Rousing a Mind of Goodness and Delight - Weeklong Retreat at the Zen Center

May 22nd—May 29th

Please join us for a week-long meditation retreat (weekthun) and evocation of enlightened society in action at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Movie Night: Pleasantville (Rescheduled)

May 29th

A mysterious television repairman provides a means to escape into the black-and-white world of television. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Sensory Awareness

with Eugene Tashima

May 30th

This exploration of sensory awareness practice helps to more closely synchronize mind and body through a series of gentle exercises. 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 »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Art Appreciation Gathering

with Tyler Thompson & Karen Pearle

May 31st

Please join us in offering our appreciation of the phenomenal world in the forms that most touch our hearts: sculpture, dance, prose, poetry, video, painting, music, photography, what have you, original or not. Inspiration is the key. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

The Power of Altruism (Jewish Community Center SF)

with Matthieu Ricard

June 2nd

SF Shambhala is partnering with the SF Jewish Community Center to present an evening with Matthieu Ricard. Discounts available for SF Community. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Exploring Right Livelihood

with Shastri Gayle Van Gils

June 3rd

Our vocation can nourish our understanding and compassion, or erode them. We should be awake to the consequences, far and near, of the way we earn our living. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Joy in Everyday Life

with Sarah Mandel & Eugene Tashima

June 4th—July 2nd

This course expands the meditation experience by cultivating the noble heart of the Mahayana teachings, opening the path to the virtue and celebration of compassion. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

First Thursday Open House & Dharma Night - The Path of Shambhala

with Acharya Alan Schwartz

June 4th

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 »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Nyinthun

June 7th

The Sonoma Shambhala Meditation is re-instituting a Shambhala tradition: the Nyinthün. A full day of practice. ALL ARE WELCOME! Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Taming the Neurotic Mind with Sarah Woodard

June 10th

"In Buddhist meditation practice there is a conviction that we can practice along with our problems. Our inherent wisdom and neurosis are vibrantly linked, and in fact we rely on our neurosis as a means for taming our minds. " Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Movie Night: Yangsi

June 12th

The story of Jigme Lhundrup, the reincarnation of a greatly revered Tibetan Buddhist spiritual master. Continue »

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level III - The Warrior in the World

with Jesse Miller

June 13th—June 14th

Developing fearlessness by examining our habitual tendencies, we are willing to experience our life without relying on the cocoon. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Social Entrepreneurs: Get Paid to Change the World

with Shastri Gayle Van Gils

June 13th—June 14th

Explore your vision for making the world a better place, identify steps for getting there, and create a plan to make it happen. 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

June 17th—July 22nd

This video class will be taught by Ani Pema Chödrön and facilitated by Malcolm Miller and Barbara Hirschfeld In her typical user-friendly style, Pema Chödrön delivers fresh teachings on traditional Buddhist wisdom to help us understand and unravel the Continue »

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