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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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PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA REGION

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 »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Children's Program

with Susie Cook & Carlos Gonzalez

January 18th—March 29th

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

Joy In Everyday Life

with Barbara Hirschfeld

February 4th—March 4th

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. 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 »

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

Joy in Everyday Life

with Mark Hobbs & Charlotte Linde

February 8th—March 8th

Third in The Way of Shambhala series, this class explores awakening our heart, natural inquisitiveness and the world around us. 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 »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Day - Year of the Wood Sheep

March 1st

Join the Sonoma Shambhala Community in celebrating Shambhala Day, welcoming the Tibetan New Year! New to Shambhala or an old friend, come and join the celebration. 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 »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

First Thursday Open House & Dharma Night - Balancing the Masculine and Feminine Principles

March 5th

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 »

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 »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Sarah Woodard

March 6th—March 8th

Level I: The Art of Being Human Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Milarepa Day

with Marcella Friel

March 7th

Everyone is invited to participate in Milarepa Day, in which we practice the Milarepa Sadhana and read The Rain of Wisdom, a collection of devotional songs of the Kagyu Lineage. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level 2

with Lyle Larson & Patti Larson

March 7th—March 8th

Having experienced a taste of basic goodness, we want to go forward. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. We begin to appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle to experiencing basic goodness. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Shambhala Family Day of Arts & Culture

March 7th

Come together with our families and children to learn daily rituals and artistic activities we can bring into our homes and our lives. Cultivate the heart of goodness in our families. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Aging with Humor and Dignity Affinity Group

March 8th

This is an affinity group for exploring aging. This group will meet at the Sonoma Shambhala Center every month or so. Please check sonoma.shambhala.org for upcoming dates and more information. Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level II: The Birth of the Warrior

with Deborah Hoskins

March 13th—March 15th - Date cancelled

Birth of the Warrior emphasizes how our habitual fear and anxiety can lose its power when confronted directly, in an atmosphere of gentleness. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Just Sitting: A Day of Community Meditation

March 14th

Join the SF Shambhala community for our . 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 »

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 »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Lyle Larson & Sarah Mandel

March 19th—April 16th

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

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Basic Goodness III: What is Real? (Weekend Format)

with Acharya Melissa Moore

March 20th—March 22nd

This course explores our experience of the world. How do we know what is real? How do we experience the living, ordinary magic of our world and the natural environment? Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Birth of the Warrior - Shambhala Training Level II

with Jesse Miller

March 21st—March 22nd

Having experienced a taste of basic goodness in Level I, we want to learn more. Prerequisite: Level I Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Sensory Awareness

with Eugene Tashima

March 21st

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

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Enlightened Society Leadership Training: Spring 2015

March 21st

The Enlightened Society Leadership & Service Program is a Shambhala Buddhist training program emphasizing the path of profound service and community engagement. Next Santa Rosa training sessions begin (dates TBA) Spring 2015. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Activate!

March 21st

Ziji Collective Activate is a fun evening out, and a new social technology. Continue »

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