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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

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Sadhana Full Moon Community Practice

August 21st—June 11th

The Shambhala Sadhana is simple and quite powerful in its direct approach to basic goodness and is open to all Shambhala community members and friends. Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Sadhana of Mahamudra Community Practice

January 29th—June 25th

The Sadhana of Mahamudra is a meditation practice and liturgy chanted by the Shambhala community on the new or full moon days of the lunar calendar, open to all. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Discovering Our True Wealth

with Charity Martin

March 6th—April 24th

A Eight Week Somatic Group to Cultivate our Capacity for Embodiment and Self Connection. Through the felt sense of our bodies, we can be open and sympathetic to our experience, as it is. Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior - The First Four Chapters

with Jesse Miller

March 9th—March 30th - Date postponed or cancelled

The first four chapters of Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior introduce us to the fundamental principles that are the foundation of the Shambhala path. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Sadhana - Full Moon Practice

with Irv Kirschbaum

March 12th—June 3rd (2018)

The Shambhala Sadhana as a practice to celebrate and strengthen our understanding of basic goodness and enlightened society. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Contentment in Everyday Life: A Five-Week Course

with Seth Bregman & Kathryn Rile

March 21st—April 25th

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

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Joy In Everyday Life

with Kerry Schwartz & Irv Kirschbaum

March 26th—April 30th - Date postponed or cancelled

In this class, we emphasize the joy and invigoration that comes from discipline: the qualities of cheerfulness, health, and freedom from doubt. Continue »

Shambhala Northern California

Growing Brave: Families and Children in Shambhala

with Tracy Suchocki, Laura Burnham, Acharya David Schneider, Steve Sachs

April 1st—August 5th

Join us as we explore key issues surrounding Families and Children in Shambhala Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Regional Festival: Not Afraid to Be A Fool

with Jane Arthur

April 1st

The launch of Northern California Shambhala, Inc., followed by an afternoon of fun and celebration for members, friends and the whole family. FREE! Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Welcome to Shambhala: An Introduction to Meditation

with Rees Sweeney-Taylor

April 2nd

This monthly offering is a perfect gateway for newcomers to the practice of meditation and the core Shambhala teachings on basic human goodness and creating enlightened society. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Ashe Society Community Monthly Practice

April 2nd

The Ashe Society practice is a unique tool for our time that cuts through obstacles and don, and offers the fruition of unimpeded basic goodness. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

A Celebration of the Parinirvana of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

April 4th

Please join us to celebrate the life and teachings of Chogyam Trungpa and the impact on our lives.  Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Parinirvana Day: Celebrating Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

April 4th

On the anniversary of the parinirvana (death of an enlightened being) of the Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the whole community is invited to practice the profound Sadhana of Mahamudra with a feast. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Commemorating Trungpa Rinpoche's Parinirvana

April 4th

Our Practice & Study evening this week will be devoted to a commemoration of the Parinirvana of Chogyam Trungpa Rinoche. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Pema Chodron Study Group

April 5th

"When you open yourself to the continually changing, impermanent, dynamic nature of your own being and of reality, you increase your capacity to love and care about other people and your capacity to not be afraid. You're able to keep your eyes open, your Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

First Thursday Open House - Remembering Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

with Lou Braun

April 6th

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 »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Sadhana

April 9th

A time for our community to come together to practice the Shambhala Sadhana. All are welcome—and encouraged—to join, no matter what your level of experience. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

April 9th

All community members and their families are invited to gather on the Sunday mornings close to the full moons to practice the Shambhala Sadhana. Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Luminous Emptiness: Book Study of Francesca Freemantle's Commentary on The Tibetan Book of the Dead

with Samo Skerbec

April 9th—June 4th

“Luminous Emptiness” was the first 'real' translation of "The Tibetan Book of the Dead" into English. It is an extensive commentary on Tibetan Book of the Dead and contains all main concepts of the Vajrayana Buddhism. Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Joy In Everyday Life

with Susan Gluck & Kurt Gundersen

April 12th—May 10th

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. Joining gentleness with discipline leads to a sense of joy. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Introduction to Shambhala Meditation

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Noel McLellan

April 13th—May 11th

In this recorded course, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche will present the essence of awareness through the three gestures of Shambhala Meditation. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Third Friday Movie Night - Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

April 21st

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

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II

with Pearl Ubungen

April 21st—April 23rd

Cultivating the willingness to observe our cocoon of habitual fear and defense mechanisms. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Confidence Beyond Concept: a weekend of Mudra Space Awareness

with Greg Heffron

April 22nd—April 23rd

The feeling of confidence is its own reward. But many of us are often split between feelings of confidence and feelings of anxiety. Is it possible to find confidence within anxiety? This profound mind-body meditation asks each of us to discover our own de Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Oakland Shambhala Fundraiser and Anniversary Gathering (at Temescal Arts Center)

with Acharya Alan Schwartz & Kelsey Blackwell

April 22nd

Come to Oakland Shambhala for an evening of dharma, discussion, fundraising, and celebration Continue »

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