Many Northern California Shambhala program and practice sessions are currently online. Others are in-person or a hybrid of both online and in-person.

Programs for US: Northern California Region

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: 8-Week Program

with Cynthia Morin

April 30th—June 25th

Mindfulness-based stress reduction is an eight-week program that offers secular, intensive mindfulness training to assist people with stress, anxiety, depression and pain. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level 2

with Michael Ratener

June 1st—June 2nd

Having experienced a taste of basic goodness in Level 1, we want to go forward. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habit. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Zen: Turning the Light Inward

June 2nd

All are welcome to attend this visit and talk by Nyoze-roshi, new abbot of the Sonoma Mountain Zen Center, and dharma heir to Jakusho Kwong-roshi, a successor in the lineage of Zen master Shunryu Suzuki-roshi. Continue »

Northern California Shambhala

What Is the Refuge Vow?

with Charlotte Linde

June 9th

This class will be an opportunity to explore the meaning of the refuge vow, and to allow discussion of participants’ questions, and how the vow may relate to their individual situations. Continue »

Northern California Shambhala

What Is the Bodhisattva Vow?

with Charlotte Linde

June 9th

This class will be an opportunity to explore the meaning of the Bodhisattva vow, and to allow discussion of participants’ questions, and how the vow may relate to their individual situations. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Nyinthün Practice Day

June 16th

Join us for a day-long period of meditation practice. For beginning and more advanced practitioners alike. Partial attendance is fine. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Comfortable With Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion from Ani Pema Chodron

with Bill Fell & Patti Larson

June 20th—August 1st

What everyone on the Buddhist Mahayana path shares is the inspiration to rest in uncertainty – cheerfully. The root of suffering is resisting the certainty that no matter what the circumstances, uncertainty is all we truly have. Continue »

Northern California Shambhala

Refuge & Bodhisattva Vows

with Gaylon Ferguson

June 22nd—June 23rd

This June, we are delighted to announce that there will be an opportunity to take the Refuge Vow & Bodhisattva Vow with preceptor Gaylon Ferguson in-person at the Berkeley Shambhala Center. Continue »

Northern California Shambhala

Summer Retreat: Mind at Ease: Self-Liberation Through Mahamudra Meditation

with Gaylon Ferguson

June 28th—July 2nd

In this five-day group retreat — open to all practitioners, we will follow the teachings and practices outlined in Traleg Rinpoche’s profound text Mind at Ease: Self-liberation through Mahamudra Meditation. Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Midsummer’s Day Regional Sangha Picnic

July 14th

All are welcome to join us right on the water at beautiful McNears Beach Park in San Rafael for a regional sangha picnic to celebration Midsummer’s Day, one of Shambhala’s nyida days. Continue »

Northern California Shambhala

The Power of Presence with the Environment: Coming to Your Senses

with Eve Rosenthal

August 17th

The world is constantly inviting us to raise our gaze and engage with our perceptions, connecting to the magic and energy of the environment.  What is the impact when we enter into a relationship with the world with an open heart? Continue »