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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

Shambhala Northern California

Rites of Passage 2014: Adventure, Experience, Connection

February 9th—May 31st

Rites of Passage is open to all children from any tradition; there are no requirements other than being 8 -12 years old. This program recognizes that children of this age are going through a developmental stage in which they are becoming more self-aware a Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Aging with Humor and Dignity Affinity Group

with Janet Ryvlin & Irv Kirschbaum

February 22nd—June 28th

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

Discovering Our True Wealth - A Five-Week Somatic Group

with Charity Martin

March 8th—April 26th

Through a felt sense of the body, we can be open and sympathetic to our experience. Join us for this 5-week somatic group to cultivate our capacity for embodiment and self-connection. Continue »

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma: The Path of Individual Liberation

with Acharya Emerita Judy Lief

March 15th—June 14th

This class is an opportunity to study Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s systematic teachings on the three yanas (levels) of Tibetan Buddhism, beginning with the path of individual liberation. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Wednesday Dharma Night April Speakers

with Shastri Sandra Ladley, Marc Matheson, Acharya Melissa Moore, Shastri Manuel Medeiros

April 2nd—April 30th

Featuring meditation practice, meditation instruction, a talk by one of our senior teachers and discussion. We also offer an assortment of delicious snacks and tea before each session. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Ani Pema Chödrön - Greatest Hits

with Patti Larson & Bill Fell

April 3rd—April 24th

Please join us for a video and book class focusing on the teachings of Ani Pema Chödrön. Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Joy In Everyday Life

with Jesse Miller

April 16th—May 14th

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 »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Joy in Everyday Life

with Shastri Manuel Medeiros & Eugene Tashima

April 19th—April 26th

This program is CANCELLED. Continue »

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 »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

with Robert Pressnall & Jill Cohen

April 25th—April 27th

Developing fearlessness by examining our habitual tendencies, we are willing to experience our life without relying on the cocoon. We begin to engage the world directly and extend the attitude of fearlessness to our activities. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Movie Night: Animated Films by Karen Aqua

April 25th

Join us for a screening of award-winning animated films by independent filmmaker Karen Aqua. Populated with figures "spawned from a mating between Matisse cutouts and carvings on Incan tombs," these films explore transformation (both internal and external Continue »

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

An Uncommon King, The Life & Times of a Tibetan Spiritual King

April 25th

An Uncommon King is the story of one son’s quest to bring ancient wisdom into the mainstream of western society. In doing so, he reveals the decency and goodness that still exists in a world increasingly driven by short-term profits and instant gratificat Continue »

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

Movie Night: An Uncommon King

April 25th

Please join us for a documentary about spiritual teacher Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, An Uncommon King. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

SF Shambhala Center Uplift Day

April 26th

Help is needed to prepare our center for the Sakyong's visit! Everybody is encouraged to participate. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Just Sitting: A Day of Community Practice

April 27th

Join the SF Shambhala community for a full day of meditation—both sitting and walking—and community. By gathering in this way, we take time to deepen our practice and our understanding of the teachings, and strengthen our connections to one another. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Being Brave: Is enlightened society possible? with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Pema Chödrön

May 2nd—May 4th

You are warmly invited to join Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Pema Chödrön - for a weekend retreat of teaching, meditation and dialogue. Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Live Streaming of Being Brave: Is Enlightened Society Possible?

May 2nd—May 4th

Not able to attend the live event at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond? Join Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Pema Chödrön — via live streaming — here in Santa Rosa! Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Live Streaming of Being Brave: Is Enlightened Society Possible?

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche & Ani Pema Chödrön

May 2nd—May 4th

Those who are unable to attend the live event at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond are warmly invited to this online interactive retreat, where we’ll discover ways to change the world by changing our minds. Continue »

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

Being Brave - Webcast

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche & Acharya Pema Chödron

May 2nd—May 4th

Being Brave: Is enlightened society possible? An exploration of how meditation practice develops the strength to cultivate enlightened society. Continue »

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

Being Brave - Is Enlightened Society Possible?

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche & Acharya Pema Chödron

May 2nd—May 4th

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Pema Chödrön – two of the world’s beloved spiritual leaders- come together again to offer one of their renowned meditation retreats. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

The Magic of Society: A Sharchen Dzong-Ziji Collective Celebration

May 3rd

Come celebrate this powerful Being Brave weekend at Sharchen Dzong's party of the year! The evening will feature our ever-popular karaoke, taco, ice cream, and dance party combination…elevated to the next level. All are welcome! Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Way of Shambhala I: Joy in Everyday Life

with Jill Cohen & Joanne Henn

May 6th—June 3rd

As human beings, we have a natural inquisitiveness about other beings, and about the world around us. Joy in Everyday Life explores awakening this heart of wholesome goodness. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II

with Michael Ratener

May 16th—May 18th

Having experienced a taste of basic goodness in Level I, we want to learn more. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask underlying fear. We begin to appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle to experiencing Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Young Sangha Practice Day

May 17th

The greater Davis young sangha and friends are warmly invited to come together for a day of meditation, discussion, and camaraderie. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Introduction to Contemplative Psychology

with Shastri Sandra Ladley & Sakti Rose

May 17th—May 18th

Skillful communication and compassionate exchange as an expression of our intrinsic sanity. An introductory class for people who would like to experience the fundamentals of Karuna Training and the foundations of Contemplative Psychology. Continue »

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