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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

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Weekly Family Meditation Program

with Carlos Gonzalez

January 3rd—June 25th

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

Sadhana of Mahamudra-2017

January 29th—June 25th

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 »

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

The Four Noble Truths (Oakland Shambhala)

with Rob Lee

May 23rd—August 8th

Join us for a series, led by Dr. Rob Lee, on the Four Noble Truths. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Joy in Everyday Life (Berkeley)

with Jon Ransohoff & Susan Gluck

May 25th—June 22nd

Joy In Everyday Life follows Contentment in Everyday Life in the Way of Shambhala class series. Over the course of 5 to 8 weeks, participants will view recorded teachings and then gather in the online learning environment to discuss, contemplate and engag Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Joy In Everyday Life

with Jon Ransohoff & Susan Gluck

May 25th—June 22nd

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 »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Sadhana of Mahamudra

May 26th—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 »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Wisdom in Everyday Life

with Jesse Miller & Sarah Woodard

May 31st—June 28th

No longer deterred or depressed by obstacles, we can include everything as part of the path. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

The Essential Pema

with Patti Larson

June 1st—June 29th

The Pema Chödrön Foundation with Ani Pema's blessing presents a wonderful guide to a lifetime of teachings as captured in her many books. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Shambhala Sadhana Full Moon Practice

June 9th—August 7th

Simple and powerful in its direct approach, practicing the Shambhala Sadhana strengthens our hearts and deepens our personal and social connection with basic goodness. 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 »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

An Introduction to the Five Wisdom Energies — A Special Wednesday Dharma Night Presentation

with Ira Rechtshaffer

June 21st

Please join our special guest, Ira Rechtshaffer, for an exploration into the classic Buddhist teaching on the Five Wisdom Energies. All are welcome. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

The Five Wisdom Energies as a Path for Personal Transformation

with Ira Rechtshaffer

June 24th

Through a refreshing shift of perception we can discover wonder and beauty in the experience we’re already having at this moment. Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Northern California MidSummer Regional Picnic

June 25th

Please join us for the Northern California Regional Midsummer Potluck Picnic. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Regional Midsummer Picnic

June 25th

An excellent time to relax with old sangha friends and meet new ones, with no agenda other than enjoying the rocks, trees, sky, water, and each other. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Northern California Regional MidSummer's Picnic

June 25th

Please join us for a Regional celebratory picnic at beautiful McNear's Beach Parik in San Rafael. Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

NorCal Regional Midsummer's Day Picnic at McNear's Beach Park

June 25th

Our first regional gathering since incorporating as Northern California Shambhala, we'll be gathering to celebrate Midsummer's Day, hosted by Tamalpais Shambhala. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

You Are My Sunshine

with Alice Tarkeshi

June 26th

The evening will explore this parallelism and come alive through the Signs of those participating. The only prerequisite is curiosity. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Cutting Through to Reality (Oakland Shambhala)

with Greg Heffron

June 27th

This week's gathering includes meditation instruction, sitting, and a special talk by Greg Heffron on Cutting Through to Reality, an introduction to Mudra Space Awareness. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Sensory Awareness

with Eugene Tashima

July 1st

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

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

True Perception: A Shambhala Art Creativity Lab and Art Share

July 1st

Join us in exploring the place where meditation practice and creative expression meet through exploration of the dharma art teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Welcome to Shambhala: An Introduction to Meditation

with Rees Sweeney-Taylor

July 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

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

July 2nd

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 »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Pema Chodron Study Group

July 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 - Balancing the Feminine and Masculine Principles

with Irv Kirschbaum

July 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 »