Become a Steward of Sharchen Dzong     

What is Sharchen Dzong?

There are outer, inner, and deepest meanings. On an outer level, it is the building which holds the SFSC, the NCS Regional Headquarters, and the Tenno room for the Sakyong. In that way, it is a container for several entities. At an inner level, it is a place of practice, community, and a gathering place for the whole regional sangha.On the deepest level, it is the centre of the mandala and the seat of the Sakyong.   

—Acharya Martin Janowitz

Who are the Sharchen Dzong Stewards?

By becoming a Steward of Sharchen Dzong, you are proclaiming your support for this beautiful, powerful space and its activity as the Sakyong’s seat on the West Coast. The Stewardship program allows individuals throughout Northern California to directly support the energetic center of our regional mandala and help sustain this great fortress of Basic Goodness.

Money raised through the Stewardship program will be used for two purposes:

  • To support the operation costs of Sharchen Dzong, our regional capital center.
  • To support the Northern California Shambhala administration and services including regional governance, programming, publicity and teacher visits.


How do I become a Steward?

There are two ways:  You can become a Steward for any amount from $10 to $150 or more monthly and receive a special thank you gift (see below)— or give a one-time donation. Please see the options below to make a tax-deductible donation in either of these ways. Donors will receive a tax deduction letter at the end of the year.

Whether or not you become a Steward of Sharchen Dzong at this time, we invite you to offer the incomparable richness of your love and aspirations for the Dzong and for the Shambhala community.

To sign up for recurring monthly donations visit one of these links:

Join at $10 per month

Join at $20 per month

Join at $35 per month

Join at $60 per month

Join at $108 per month

Join at $150 per month

We can set up a one time or reoccurring donation in any amount you choose. Automatic debit from your bank account is also available if you prefer that to using a credit card.

One-Time Donation

If you would prefer to make a one-time offering you can either email Cody McGough at [email protected] or send a check made out to Northern California Shambhala and mail to:

Cody McGough
Northern California Shambhala
Sharchen Dzong
1231 Stevenson Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

About Us

Northern California Shambhala is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Your contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.

We are dedicated to creating enlightened society using the tools of mindfulness, awareness, and unconditioned confidence. These inherent qualities are cultivated through meditation practice, by studying the Shambhala Buddhist teachings, and by taking part in the Shambhala community. We then apply what we have learned to our everyday lives at work, at home, with our families, and in society as a whole.

We are supported by the generosity of volunteers, donations and membership contributions. We are sincerely grateful for every offering we receive. Thank you so much for your generosity!

We can afford to open ourselves and join the rest of the world with a sense of tremendous generosity, tremendous goodness, and tremendous richness. The more we give, the more we gain – although what we gain should not particularly be our reason for giving. Rather, the more we give, the more we are inspired to give constantly. And the gaining process happens naturally, automatically.

— Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche