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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 »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Wednesday Dharma Night Fall Speakers

with Acharya Alan Schwartz, Shastri Sandra Ladley, And others, Marc Matheson, Bruce Dal Santo

September 10th—December 10th

A great introduction to the Shambhala Buddhist teachings, and an opportunity to connect with other meditation practitioners in a relaxed, comfortable environment. Featuring meditation practice, meditation instruction, a talk and discussion. Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Enlightened Society Leadership & Service Program: A Santa Rosa Shambhala Internship Program

September 17th—December 17th

The Enlightened Society Leadership and Service Program is a Shambhala Buddhist training program emphasizing the path of profound service and community engagement. Next training session begins September 2014. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Basic Goodness Series I: Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

September 21st—October 26th

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human is the first of three courses that comprise the new Basic Goodness Series. Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Contentment In Everyday Life

with Jesse Miller & Susan Gluck

October 1st—October 29th

This course provides an exploration of genuine contentment, the foundational views of the Buddhist teachings, and meditation in action for daily life. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

with Shastri Manuel Medeiros

October 2nd—October 30th

The first course in the Basic Goodness series asks the question "Who am I?" and focuses on the sense of self. It includes teachings on basic goodness, selflessness, the arising of ego and cocoon, buddha nature, and the confidence of warriorship. Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Barbara Hirschfeld & Anna Marie Ketelsen

October 13th—November 10th

Want to explore the path of meditation and get to know your own mind? Meditation in Everyday Life is an introductory class in meditation for beginners as well as more seasoned practitioners. Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Basic Goodness Two: How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society, taught online by Acharya Arawana Hayashi

with Susan Keeley & Warner Keeley

October 14th—November 18th

This second course in The Basic Goodness Series asks the question, “How can I help?” and explores our relationships with others, as aspiration to help our world, and specific aspects of social transformation. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Family Day Children's Program

with Susie Cook

October 19th—December 21st

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 »

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Mark Hobbs & Charlotte Linde

October 19th—November 2nd

Contentment can be hard to find. Much of the time we search for contentment in things, achievements or relationships. With meditation practice, we relax with ourselves and appreciate simple human experiences. This retreat builds on the discovery of basic Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Awake in the World

October 19th—October 24th

We’re excited to announce Awake in the World, a FREE online event, coordinated by our friends at Shambhala Mountain focused on mindful living. It is a free five-day event full of insights and practical tools for waking up to your full potential through r Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Wisdom in Everyday Life

October 21st—November 18th - Date cancelled

Meditation uncovers our wisdom. This wisdom is always present and can be applied to transform confused situations and emotions into effective actions. No longer deterred or depressed by obstacles, we can include everything as part of the path. The chall Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Household and Enlightened Society

with Mark Thorpe

October 24th—October 25th

A weekend with Mark Thorpe, Master of the Sakyong’s Household, on the Shambhala practice of cultivating an awake and compassionate home. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Engaging the Energy and Wisdom of Conflict

with Shastri Manuel Medeiros & Elvia Garcia

October 25th

This one day workshop will explore ways of engaging in conflict from a place of strength, decency, compassion and courage to strengthen relationships and build a good human society. Continue »

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, Volume Two

with Acharya Emerita Judy Lief

October 25th—November 29th

A Course on the Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Sit-a-Thon Pizza Party

October 25th

Come to the Center to rouse energy and raise funds for our Sit-a-thon: Sitting for Society! You bring your laptop and your social networks, we'll bring the gourmet PIZZA! Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Living Room Sessions: Community Music Night

October 25th

A fun night of food, music, and community--for young and old. Families are welcome. Continue »

Sonora Shambhala Meditation Group

Fearlessness In Everyday Life

with Jesse Miller

October 30th—December 4th

In learning to work with our anxiety, we are not blocked by fear. Through an exploration of the Buddhist teachings of mind and the nature of reality, we learn to see clearly. Continue »

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

Movie Night: My Dinner with André

October 31st

Please join us on movie night for the incomparable, My Dinner with André. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Extraordinary Perception: The Practice of Sacred World

with Acharya Richard John

November 1st—November 5th

This Bay Area Vajrayana Practice Intensive for Shambhala tantrikas will introduce a powerful new text by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Fear and Fearlessness - Riding the Wave of Creativity into the Unknown

with Shastri Sandra Ladley & Odessa Spore

November 1st

Join us in a day-long exploration of how the creative process unfolds. This program is for anyone with an inspiration toward creation, and artists of all disciplines Continue »

Shambhala Northern California

Fear and Fearlessness: Riding the Wave of Creativity into the Unknown

with Shastri Sandra Ladley

November 1st

Whether we consider ourselves an artist – or not – we are constantly creating – our meals, our dress, our ideas, our art, our lives. This program is for anyone with an inspiration toward creation, and artists of all disciplines. Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Fear and Fearlessness: Riding the Wave of Creativity into the Unknown [in Sonoma]

with Shastri Sandra Ladley & Odessa Spore

November 1st

Join us in a day-long exploration of how the creative process unfolds. This program is for anyone with an inspiration toward creation, and artists of all disciplines Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Full Day of Meditation - Nyinthun

November 2nd—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 »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Relating with Money as Practice: An Ongoing Discussion Group

with Joanne Martin Braun

November 2nd—December 7th

Joanne Martin-Braun will continue the discussion begun during the recent "Work, Sex & Money" Book Study Group. All are welcome. Continue »

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