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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

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Wednesday Dharma Night Holiday Session

December 10th—January 28th

A great introduction to the Shambhala Buddhist teachings. Featuring meditation practice, and meditation instruction. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

American Sign Language

January 6th—February 10th

An introduction to American Sign Language (ASL). Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Rebekka Martorano

January 8th—February 5th

This five-week class provides an opportunity to deepen the experience and understanding of meditation. Offers practical suggestions for establishing a sitting practice in the midst of our speedy lives and discussion of the practice challenges students fac 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 »

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II Weekend Retreat

with Charlotte Linde

January 24th—January 25th

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

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Sadhana

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

January 25th—June 28th

Join us for practice and recorded talks from the author of the Shambhala Sadhana, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Basic Goodness Series II: How Can I Help?

with Acharya Alan Schwartz

January 25th—February 15th

This course explores our relationships with others, an aspiration to help our world, and specific aspects of social transformation. The class is open to everyone - there are no prerequisites. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Social Meditation

with Leslie Gossett

January 28th

You are invited to join us for the practice of Social Meditation following the Wednesday Practice night sit on the 28th. In Social Meditation, we expand our meditative awareness to include our communication and interaction with each other. communication 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 »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

First Thursday Open House & Dharma Night

February 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 »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior

with Jonathan Ransohoff

February 6th—February 8th

In Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior, we examine our habitual tendencies, fears, and defense mechanisms; building on the foundation of the meditation practice introduced in Shambhala Training Level I. Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

with Jesse Miller

February 7th

“According to the buddhadharma, spirituality means relating with the working basis of one’s existence, which is one’s state of mind. The method for beginning to relate directly with mind is the practice of mindfulness.” – Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Traditional Chinese Qigong Levels 1 & 2

with Eric Wilson

February 7th—February 8th

This weekend program presents the first two levels of Qigong practice in the tradition of Eva Wong. 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 »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Mamo Chants: Clear Out Our Karma for a Fresh Start

February 8th—February 17th

To dispel the karmic accumulation of personal, social, and environmental chaos at the year’s end, all students are encouraged to recite the mamo chants together beginning eleven days before Shambhala Day. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Mamo Chants: Clear Out Our Karma for a Fresh Start

February 8th—February 17th

The mamo chant is an elaborate protector offering traditionally recited from the twentieth through the twenty-ninthdays of the last lunar month of the Tibetan year. By reciting the chant, we tune into the protector principle of awareness and reconnect wit Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Mamo Chants: Clear Out Our Karma for a Fresh Start

with Marcella Friel

February 8th—February 17th

Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos is traditionally recited by Buddhist practitioners from the twentieth through the twenty-ninth days of the last lunar month of the Tibetan year. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Protection, Transition & Celebration: The Protector Principle in Shambhala Buddhism

with Charles Green

February 11th

Shambhala Day, our annual celebration of the Tibetan New Year, falls on February 19th this year. As we prepare for this special occasion it is customary to gather during the 10 days prior in order to practice and invoke protection through the ritual of th Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Protector Practice

with Acharya Mitchell Levy

February 14th

It is traditional during this period to intensify one’s practice, particularly the practices that invoke protector principle, to pacify and transmute negativity. The Dorje Kasung traditionally gather together in the dön season as protectors, to proclaim c Continue »

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

Sangha Appreciation Day

February 14th

Wear red and show your appreciation for being a part of a global Shambhala network which brings together people of all ages and from all walks of life Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Dorje Kasung Regimental Dön Season Program

February 15th

As the Shambhala year comes to an end, we enter the period known as the dön season, the ten days before Shambhala Day when the accumulated negativity, underlying habitual patterns and latent obstacles of the past year are heightened. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Neutral Day: Cleaning of the Center for a Fresh Start

February 18th

Start the Year of the Wood Sheep by helping clean and uplift our local Shambhala Center! Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Shambhala Day

February 19th

Shambhala Day marks the beginning of the New Year—the Year of the Wood Sheep— and represents one of the most important traditions of Shambhala Buddhism. With an address by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Day

February 19th

Shambhala Day is a time for us to express the wealth and richness of our spiritual and cultural heritage through feasting, conviviality, elegance and pomp. As is customary, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche addresses the worldwide Shambhala community through an onl Continue »

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