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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 - 2015

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 »

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 »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Aging with Humor, Dignity & Confidence Affinity Group

with Carlos Gonzalez

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?

with Deborah Hoskins, Steve Hoskins, Warner Keeley

April 15th—May 20th

Taught by Acharya John Rockwell (recorded) and facilitated by Deborah Hoskins, Steve Hoskins and Warner Keeley, participants will explore the ordinary magic of reality, learning about the progressive stages of discovering non-dual perceptions ... Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Up Close and Personal: Shambhala - The Sacred Path of the Warrior

with Jesse Miller

April 29th—July 1st

Please join us for a careful study and interactive discussion of Chogyam Trungpa's seminal teachings on the Shambhala Path, Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Dancing with the Mind of Meditation

with Ben Baker

May 4th—May 25th

Contemplative Dance is an introduction to a variety of movement meditation techniques: Meditation in Action | Somatic Training | Space Awareness Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Preparing To Die: A Six Week Book Study Group

with Shastri Amy Conway & Peter Dobbin

May 5th—June 9th

Meet with members of the San Francisco Shambhala community to discuss the topic of death, dying, and how our meditation practice can prepare us for this inevitable event we will all experience. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Aging with Dignity and Confidence

May 5th—May 19th

In the first of this three part series, Dr. Snyder will lead a discussion of how the Four Dignities show us the path of basic healthiness in old age, and he will offer practical suggestions from his years as a geriatrician. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Making Peace Possible: The Shared Wisdom of the Human Heart

May 7th

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s live talk in Chicago on Making Peace Possible: The Shared Wisdom of the Human Heart. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

"What is Real?" The Basic Goodness of Reality

with Shastri Charlene Leung & Shastri Sandra Ladley

May 7th—June 11th

How do we know what is real? How might we begin to ask this question in a way that is meaningful for our everyday lives? Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

First Thursday Open House & Dharma Night

May 7th

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 »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Movie Night: Pleasantville

May 8th

A mysterious television repairman provides a means to escape into the black-and-white world of television. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Livelihood, Wealth, and Generosity with Alan Schwartz

May 13th

Working with wealth and career in an awake way has long been a challenge to Buddhist practitioners. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Third Friday Movie Night - Love Bomb

May 15th

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

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Shambhala Training Level III - Warriror in the World

with Jonathan Ransohoff

May 15th—May 17th

Examining our habitual tendencies, we begin to look at our willingness to experience our life without relying on the cocoon. Continue »

Shambhala Northern California

Meditation, Resiliency and the Heart of Practicing Healthcare

May 16th

Designed for healthcare professionals, this day-long program combines contemplation and meditation, dialogue and discussion, and experiential exercises. We will explore the crucial questions of how to stay connected to sanity while caring for others in d Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Meditation, Resiliency, and the Heart of Practicing Healthcare Berkeley Shambhala Center

May 16th

May 16th from 9:30 to 6:00 Meditation, Resiliency, and the Heart of Practicing Healthcare Berkeley Shambhala Center Caring for oneself is a crucial part of caring for others. Mindfulness teachers from the Health Care community will lead us in meditatio Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

The Road Home: Public Talk [at Finley Community Center]

with Shastri Ethan Nichtern

May 19th

In his new book, The Road Home, Shastri Ethan Nichtern explores the journey each of us takes to find where we belong. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

The Road Home: Talk and Book Signing

with Shastri Ethan Nichtern

May 20th

Join Ethan Nichtern for a lively talk and signing of his new book The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path Continue »

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

Shastri Ethan Nichtern-The Road Home: Talk and Book Signing

with Shastri Ethan Nichtern

May 21st

The Road Home: Talk and Book Signing with Shastri Ethan Nichtern "Ethan is the future of Buddhism." Sharon Salzberg (from the book's foreword) "A beautiful guide and invitation to a sane life. Refreshingly straightforward, accessible, skillful an Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Fearless Creativity: A Meditation Retreat for Writers

with Susan Piver

May 22nd—May 24th

Deepen your relationship with the written word through meditation practice, journaling, group discussion and plenty of personal writing time. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Rousing a Mind of Goodness and Delight - Weeklong Retreat at the Zen Center

May 22nd—May 29th

Please join us for a week-long meditation retreat (weekthun) and evocation of enlightened society in action at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. Continue »

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