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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 »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Full Day of Meditation - Nyinthun

September 7th—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 »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Jesse Miller

September 8th—October 6th

Overcoming our fear, we leap with daring into our lives. This is the 4th in the series of the Way of Shambhala, Everyday life courses. Special Repeaters price: $40! Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Wednesday Dharma Night Fall Speakers

with Acharya Alan Schwartz, Shastri Sandra Ladley, And others including, 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 »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

The Essential Heart of Kasungship I

with Laura Livingston

September 14th—October 12th

In this 5 week course, we will explore the basic practices of the Dorje Kasung, a service organization within the Shambhala community charged with maintaining a container of wakefulness in which the teaching and practice of meditation can occur. 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 »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Aging with Humor and Dignity Affinity Group

September 27th—December 20th

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 »

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 »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

First Thursday Open House & Dharma Night - The Essential Pema

October 2nd

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 »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Acharya Alan Schwartz

October 3rd—October 5th

The Art of Being Human is the first of a series of five weekend workshops. Friday night talk is free and open to the public. Please join us! Continue »

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

Level One: The Art of Being Human

with Jesse Miller

October 4th—October 5th

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 »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Karuna Training - Introduction to Contemplative Psychology

with Sakti Rose

October 4th—October 5th

Skillful Communication and Compassionate Exchange as an Expression of our Basic Sanity. This is an introductory class for people who would like to experience the fundamentals of Karuna Training and the foundations of Contemplative Psychology. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Relating with Money as Practice: An Ongoing Discussion Group

with Joanne Martin Braun

October 5th—December 7th

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

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Leading and Following

with Sarah Woodard & Henia Miedzinski

October 11th

An experiential workshop on leading and following in community. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Karuna Training: Introduction to Contemplative Psychology

with Acharya Melissa Moore

October 11th—October 12th

An introductory class for people who would like to experience the fundamentals of Karuna Training and the foundations of Contemplative Psychology. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Teen Program Kickstarter

October 11th

This initial gathering is meant to be a way for us to meet each other, find out what we want and how we want to come together. The possibilities are endless and no commitment is necessary. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Teen Program Kickstarter (San Fransico)

October 11th

Please join 12 to 18 year olds for pizza and conversation as we explore creating a regular teen program within Northern California Shambhala Continue »

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Mark Hobbs & Charlotte Linde

October 12th—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 »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Barbara Hirschfeld & Anna Marie Ketelsen

October 13th—November 24th

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

Third Friday Movie and a Meal - Smoke Signals

October 17th

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

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Level II: Birth of the Warrior

with Raana Bastani

October 17th—October 19th

In this, the second in the series of Shambhala Training weekend workshops, we cultivate our willingness to observe our cocoon of habitual fear and defense mechanisms. Having experienced a taste of basic goodness, we want to go forward. Meditation pract Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Preparing To Die: Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom Weekend Program

with Andrew Holecek

October 17th—October 19th

During this weekend program held at The Finley Community Center nearby in Santa Rosa, we will explore the principles of what to do for yourself and others to take full advantage of the rich but challenging time presented at the end of life. Continue »

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