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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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Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche: The Shambhala Principle and the Good Life

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PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA REGION

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Children's Program

with Susie Cook & Carlos Gonzalez

January 18th—June 28th

Sunday Children's Program is a weekly practice opportunity starting in January 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, angel Kyodo williams, Shastri Ethan Nichtern

February 4th—June 24th

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

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 »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

with Shastri Sandra Ladley & Seth Bregman

February 26th—April 2nd

The Basic Goodness Series is an introduction to the view of Shambhala, taught in an experiential way. The key difference between the Everyday Life series and the Basic Goodness series is that the Everyday Life classes emphasize personal transformation in Continue »

Sonora Shambhala Meditation Group

Meditation In Everyday Life

with Shastri Charlene Leung

March 5th—April 2nd

This course provides introductory tools and teachings for working with meditation in everyday life. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Meditation in Everyday Life: A Five-Week Course

with Shastri Amy Conway & Kathryn Rile

March 5th—April 9th

The introductory tools and teachings for working with meditation in everyday life. With simple instructions and support, mindfulness meditation practice can become part of your life. Continue »

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion

with Denice Everham

March 15th—April 5th

Stepping into the Warrior’s Path Pema Chodron Book Study & Discussion Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Community Meetings

March 22nd—October 4th

Let's gather this spring and fall to share our visions for the Berkeley Shambhala Center. In September, 2015, we are celebrating our fortieth anniversary of moving into the Odd Fellows space, so it feels like an auspicious time to consider our future. To Continue »

Shambhala Northern California

Joining Heart, Mind, and Work for Business Leaders

March 23rd—April 6th

As leaders, we want our human values to align with the demands of our workplace. We want our inspiration to come alive in our work. We want to balance authenticity with financial pressures and expectations from others. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

The Four Dharmas of Gampopa

with Jesse Miller & Rob Lee

March 24th—April 28th

The Four Dharmas of Gampopa Grant your blessings so that my mind may be one with the dharma. Grant your blessings so that dharma may progress along the path. Grant your blessings so that the path may clarify confusion. Grant your blessings so Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

with Shastri Manuel Medeiros

March 28th—March 29th

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

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Lineage, History, and Culture: Proclaiming Basic Goodness

with Acharya Alan Schwartz

March 28th

How we lead our lives in households and in families, at work and at play, publicly and privately, affects the health of an entire society. Join with leaders in Shambhala to explore our mutual commitment to creating a more sane society. Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Sunday Sitting Practice (Meditation Instruction available free of charge)

March 29th - Date cancelled

Sitting begins at 9am. Opening Chants, Sitting and Walking Meditation, instruction available free of charge. Sitting ends at 10:30am and is followed by tea and light snacks. All are welcome. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

First Thursday Open House & Dharma Night Ikebana

with Rachel Anderson & Alexa Young

April 2nd

These informal events serve as an introduction to our Center, to Shambhala Buddhism and the practice of peaceful abiding meditation, as well as an opportunity for our current friends and members to share in the dharma. Continue »

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

Paranirvana Day

with Denice Everham

April 4th

This year marks the 28th Parinirvana of the Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who passed away in 1987. To commemorate this date, on April 4, we will practice the profound and beautiful Sadhana of Mahamudra. The practice will include t Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Parinirvana Day: Celebrating Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (San Francisco)

April 4th

Join us as we celebrate the amazing life and teachings of the Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on the twenty-fifth anniversary of his passing into parinirvana. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Nyinthun in Celebration of Trungpa Rinpoche's Parinirvana

April 5th

The Sonoma Shambhala Meditation is re-instituting a Shambhala tradition: the Nyinthün. A full day of practice. In April, we're including a commemoration of Trungpa Rinpoche's Parinirvana. ALL ARE WELCOME! Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Open House Shambhala Dharma Night

April 8th

These evenings will be an opportunity to practice meditation and for deepening the understanding and practice of our Shambhala culture with talks, live or online. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Lyle Larson & Sarah Mandel

April 9th—May 7th

In the Contentment in Everyday Life course, meditation experience is deepened through the cultivation of contentment and simplicity. Continue »

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Sandra Ladley

April 11th—April 12th

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 »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Inviting Magic: The Art of Leadership and Creating Brilliant Environments

with Joanne Martin Braun

April 11th

A day-long leadership training in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. This workshop is part of a series that provides skills and trainings in support of the path of contemplative leadership. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Aging with Humor and Dignity Affinity Group

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 »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Basic Goodness 3: What is Real? [Santa Rosa]

with Deborah Hoskins, Steve Hoskins, Warner Keeley

April 15th—May 20th

Taught by Acharya John Rockwell (recorded) and facilitated by Deborah Hoskins, participants explore the ordinary magic of reality, learning about the progressive stages of discovering nondual perception of the elements and thus, the nature of mind. Continue »

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