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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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WATCH: What Mindfulness Really Is, and How It Can Help Us Now
with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D.


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PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA REGION

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Weekly Family Meditation Program

with Carlos Gonzalez

January 3rd—December 18th

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

Shambhala Sadhana - Full Moon Practice

with Shastri Joanne Martin Braun

April 24th—January 15th (2017)

The Shambhala Sadhana as a practice to celebrate and strengthen our understanding of basic goodness and enlightened society. Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Sadhana Full Moon Community Practice

August 21st—December 11th

The Shambhala Sadhana is simple and quite powerful in its direct approach to basic goodness and is open to all Shambhala community members and friends. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Enlightened Society Leadership Training (Fall 2016)

with Rees Sweeney-Taylor & Dina Buck

September 29th—December 8th

In Shambhala, all of us are leaders: in our lives, our homes, our jobs, and our personal journeys. By working with our own minds and hearts, and cultivating our own sanity, we begin to transform our culture and create good human society. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

The Meaning of Death

with Shastri Amy Conway & Rob Lee

November 7th—December 12th

What does dying mean? What does living mean? Who is it that experiences living and dying? And what does Tibetan Buddhism teach us about working with these experiences? Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Basic Goodness of Society

with Acharya Alan Schwartz

November 16th—December 21st

This course asks the question, "How can I help?" and explores our relationships with others, an aspiration to help our world, and specific aspects of social transformation. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Rigden Weekend 2016

with Acharya Richard John

December 9th—December 11th

The Rigden is a representation of our basic enlightened nature and embodies the principle of unconditional bravery. This program is for students who have completed Shambhala Training Levels I through V. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Rigden Weekend 2016 - PROGRAM MOVED TO BERKELEY

with Acharya Richard John

December 9th—December 11th

The Rigden is a representation of our basic enlightened nature and embodies the principle of unconditional bravery. This program is for students who have completed Shambhala Training Levels I through V. - PROGRAM MOVED TO BERKELEY Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level II - Birth of the Warrior

with Lou Braun

December 10th—December 11th

Having experienced a taste of basic goodness in Level I, we want to go forward. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level I

with Shastri Manuel Medeiros & Lyle Larson

December 10th—December 11th

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

December 11th

All community members and their families are invited to gather on the Sunday mornings close to the full moons to practice the Shambhala Sadhana. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Third Friday Movie Night - Kindness is Contagious

December 16th

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

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Sensory Awareness

with Eugene Tashima

December 17th

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

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Children's Day Solstice Celebration

December 18th

Join us for a celebration of the change of seasons. Something for people of all ages -- young and old. Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Children's Day Solstice Celebration [at Sonoma Shambhala]

December 18th

All are invited to join with the Sonoma Shambhala sangha to celebrate the Winter Solstice! Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Children's Day

December 18th

The whole sangha is invited to come to this special event to acknowledge and celebrate the children in our lives. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Simply Being: Shamhbala Meditation Winter Weekthun

with Acharya Alan Schwartz, Shastri Sandra Ladley, Jesse Miller

December 27th—January 2nd (2017)

Winter is the natural time of year to gather in community, reflect on our lives, and set aspirations for the year to come. Through the profound practice of Shambhala Meditation, we learn to feel, be, and touch the basic goodness of being human. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Simply Being: Shamhbala Meditation Winter Weekthun

with Acharya Alan Schwartz, Shastri Sandra Ladley, Jesse Miller

December 27th—January 2nd (2017)

This week-long retreat for beginning and experienced meditators will cultivate vision and aspiration on the Shambhala path. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Sadhana of Mahamudra & New Year's Eve Celebration

December 31st

Join us for this special practice opportunity and New Year's Eve Celebration. What a wonderful way to bring in the New Year! Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

New Year's Eve Party

December 31st

Please join us to ring in the New Year at Davis Shambhala Center. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Welcome to Shambhala: An Introduction to Meditation

January 1st (2017)

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

Fully Alive: A Retreat With Pema Chodron on Living Beautifully With Uncertainty and Change

with Barbara Hirschfeld

January 4th—February 8th (2017)

In this recorded retreat, taught by Pema Chödrön and her teaching assistant, Meg Wheatley and facilitated live by Barbara Hirschfeld, provide a wealth of wisdom for learning to step right into the river of change and uncertainty. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Beginning at the Beginning: The Path of Individual Liberation

with Rebekka Martorano & Richard Darsie

January 5th—February 23rd (2017)

In this class, we will discuss readings from Volume 1 of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma: The Path of Individual Liberation. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Art REtreat/REunite/REfresh

with Shastri Sandra Ladley, Steve Saitzyk, Anne Saitzyk

January 5th—January 8th (2017)

This program is about collaboration and play and the opportunity to deepen as well as make new connections with the Shambhala Art teachings and practitioners. If you know some Shambhala Art graduates in your area, please invite them. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Open House

January 5th (2017)

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 »

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