Spark your heart and mind through the practice of meditation

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Meditation is a personal journey and a path of social transformation. Learn to meditate, and naturally grow your confidence, mindful awareness, and compassion.

 

 

 

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 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

July 9th—December 10th

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 »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Weekly Family Meditation Program

with Carlos Gonzalez

January 1st—September 24th

Sunday Family Meditation is a weekly practice opportunity where we welcome parents & children to come practice meditation and participate in our community. Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Shambhala Sadhana - 2017

January 15th—September 10th

With Sangha as our mutual witness, the Shambhala Sadhana supports us in connecting with our inherent sanity, our basic goodness. Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Sadhana of Mahamudra-2017

January 29th—September 24th

The Sadhana of Mahamudra is a meditation and chant practiced regularly by the Shambhala community. It was written by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche while on retreat in Bhutan in 1968. Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Sadhana of Mahamudra Community Practice

January 29th—December 17th

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 »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Sadhana Practice

with Shastri Joanne Martin Braun

June 18th—December 17th

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

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

The Heart of the Matter - A Video Class with Pema Chödrön

with Barbara Hirschfeld

July 26th—October 11th

Please join us to view and discuss together this very special video course led by Pema Chodron, filmed in spring 2016 at Gampo Abbey (Pema Chodron's home) at the time of her 80th Birthday, just before she embarked on a year-long retreat. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Pema Chödrön Summer Series - Making Friends with Yourself

August 5th—September 16th

For new and experienced meditators, please join us for this Pema Chödrön Course: Making Friends with Yourself Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Third Friday Movie Night - The Kindness Diaries (New Episode)

August 18th

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

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

The View of Families and Children in Shambhala

with Acharya Adam Lobel

August 20th

Parents are invited to this video talk by Acharya Adam Lobel. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Sadhana of Mahamudra

August 21st

A monthly practice that is open to all levels. It involves chanting as well as silent meditation. The Sadhana of Mahamudra is an important text composed by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart

August 25th—August 27th

In Level IV, we will learn to allow our heart and intuition to open so that we can communicate fully with the world. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

with Charity Martin

August 26th—August 27th

This urban retreat will introduce and deepen instruction on basic mindfulness meditation practice, and help new and experienced meditators alike incorporate practice into their daily lives. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Mudra Space Awareness Practice

with Greg Heffron

August 27th

Mudra Space Awareness is a powerful mind-body meditative discipline unique to the Shambhala lineage, and is rarely taught or practiced. This workshop will introduce Mudra to those not familiar, and deepen it for those who are. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

First Thought, Best Thought: A Dharma Art Inspired Day of Collaborative and Solo Play

September 2nd

Whether you are confused or in a neutral state of mind or your mind is full of subconscious gossip—whatever the case, there is always space. The dot in space is what we call first thought, best thought. —Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Welcome to Shambhala: An Introduction to Meditation

with Rees Sweeney-Taylor

September 3rd

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

September 3rd

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

Pema Chodron Study Group

September 6th

"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 »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Happier at Work: A Special Discussion

with Shastri Gayle Van Gils

September 7th

Join us for a special exploration and rich discussion led by Shastri Gayle Van Gils, author of Happier at Work: The Power of Love to Transform the Workplace. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

September 10th

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 »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Happier at Work: A Special Discussion

with Shastri Gayle Van Gils

September 10th

So often our places of work reflect the divisiveness, fear, and suffering experienced by society at large, and become places of pain for us. Yet, what if it were possible to transform this experience? Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

What is Whiteness? Exploring our White Cultural Conditioning with Sangha

with Lea Stotland & Rees Sweeney-Taylor

September 11th—November 20th

A 3-month, 6-session committed group using the principles and practices of Shambhala and of Karuna Training (contemplative psychology) as a support for looking directly and compassionately at our own experience of race and whiteness. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

September 12th—October 10th

Through an exploration of the Buddhist teachings of mind and the nature of reality, we learn to see clearly. We dare to face life and death as they are. The meditator, open to uncertainty, goes beyond the emotions of hope and fear to experience equanimity Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Happier at Work: A Special Discussion

with Shastri Gayle Van Gils

September 12th

Join us for a special exploration and rich discussion led by Shastri Gayle Van Gils, author of Happier at Work: The Power of Love to Transform the Workplace. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level I

with Shastri Manuel Medeiros

September 16th—September 17th

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 »