Enlightened Society Assembly

with Acharya Adam Lobel & Acharya Melissa Moore

July 7th—July 16th

Date details +
  • $880 Program Price
  • $400 Repeater
  • $1080 Patron
  • ($80.00 Material Fee included in each price.)
Room: Berkeley Shambhala Center

Enlightened Society Assembly is a gathering of Shambhala warriors to contemplate, practice and manifest the principles of basic goodness in order to create a good human society. Students will deepen their commitment and intention to manifest basic goodness by taking the Enlightened Society Vow.  We will practice the Shambhala Sadhana to support the journey of establishing trust and confidence in the basic goodness of oneself, others and society. We will contemplate how we can embody these principles to further personal and social transformation.

This is the first time that this program has been held in an non-residential urban center in the United States. The program will be a rich opportunity to mix our daily lives, society and basic goodness even more thoroughly. Through practice, we will deepen the culture of basic goodness and strengthen our commitment to Enlightened Society within the Northern California region.

In order to include all of the Enlightened Society, we are thrilled to offer a concurrent Enlightened Children's Program to make attending more accessible for families. Find full information here.


The first step is Application. Click here to apply.
Once you are notified that your application has been accepted, the second step is to register. See registration options below.

Kalapa Acharya Adam Lobel and Acharya Melissa Moore

The Teachers

Kalapa Acharya Adam Lobel and Acharya Melissa Moore will lead Enlightened Society Assembly.

Find more information about them here.



Students wishing to attend the Enlightened Society Assembly should first have completed the programs listed below. You may apply now even If you have not completed all of the prerequiste programs but plan on completing them soon. Exceptions to these prerequisites will be made on a case by case basis by the Office of Practice and Education.

Note that prerequisites apply even if you have completed Sutrayana or Vajrayana Assemblies.

• Shambhala Levels I through V

• Everyday Life Series: Meditation, Contentment, Joy, Fearlessness and Wisdom
• Rigden Weekend
• One Weekthun
Membership in Shambhala - either  at a local center/group or in Shambhala International.

Find upcoming dates for fulfilling prerequisites on the West Coast here.

Check Shambhala.org for complete program listings.


Application deadline is May 19, 2017, seven weeks prior to the start date of Enlightened Society Assembly. However, if the program should reach capacity, or lack proper staffing support, registration may be closed earlier than indicated. Please do not make travel reservations until you have received your acceptance from the Office of Practice and Education. Begin the registration process by clicking the button below. Registration Questions Contact - Scott Tracy: [email protected]


Because of the generosity of our patrons, a limited amount of scholarships to participate in ESA are possible. Once your application has been approved, you may request a Scholarship Price before registering by emailing [email protected].


We appreciate your interest in helping staff Enlightened Society Assembly. We could not do this program without, well, the Enlightened Society. Please fill out a Staffing Application and we will contact you about staffing possibilities. Please also make your application (or registration, if you are a repeater) so that we can keep you informed with ESA updates. Find the Staffing Application here.


To request information on housing possibilities while attending ESA, Contact - Amani Ellen Loutfy: [email protected]

Enlightened Children's Program

Full information and registration for the concurrent Enlightened Children's Program can be found on a separate registration page here.

Program Pricing

Regular Price: $880 (Includes program cost plus $80 Materials Fee)

Patron Price: $1080 (Includes program cost plus $80 Materials Fee)

Repeater Price: $400 (Materials Fee not included in this price)

Scholarship Price: (Determined with registration)


The repeater price is available to anyone who has completed Enlightened Society Assembly or Sutrayana Seminary. If you previously attended Sutrayana Seminary or a Three-Month seminar, and are curious about what ESA is, this is an excellent opportunity to learn. However, you are still required to complete the requirements for ESA and apply as though you are a first time student.


General Questions Contact - Kate Raddock: [email protected]
Registration Questions Contact - Scott Tracy: [email protected]

Housing Questions Contact - Amani Ellen Loutfy: [email protected]