Spark your heart and mind through the practice of meditation.
New to Meditation or Shambhala?
Join us for a free Open House—Learn to meditate, connect with community, develop mindful-awareness, & compassion. Meditation instruction is always available.
In Contentment in Everyday Life, meditation experience is deepened through the cultivation of contentment and simplicity.
Explore genuine contentment, the foundational views of the Buddhist teachings, and meditation in action for daily life. With meditation practice, we can learn to appreciate ourselves and simple human experiences, free from self-aggression. Difficult emotions and the challenges of life can be met with gentleness, steadiness, and humor.
Three full days of writing retreat with best-selling author, Susan Piver.
Writing connects us to the undercurrents of wisdom that lie just below the surface of discursive thought. It puts us in touch with timely insights, concerns, ideas and our natural wakefulness. If you want to know your thoughts and feelings, writing can tell you. If you want to share yourself with others, writing can be your vehicle. And if you long for creative self-expression, writing can give it form.
In this program, we will deepen our relationship with the written word through meditation practice, journaling, group discussion and plenty of personal writing time. We will also discuss how to make writing a daily practice, how to approach the fears every writer experiences and more.
Writers of all genres, published or unpublished, are welcome. Introductory meditation instruction will be offered.
- Video—Shambhala Year in Review February 20, 2015
- Shambhala Day, Dön Season, Practice, and Festivities February 10, 2015
- A Letter from the Director January 22, 2015
- We Can’t Breathe December 30, 2014
- Holiday Schedule at SF Shambhala December 23, 2014
- How To Make A Sit-a-Thon November 15, 2014
- How I Learned To Hang My Hat On My Heart October 30, 2014
- The Practice of Community October 24, 2014
With Manny Medeiros
March 28th— 29th
Discover basic goodness in the world and ourselves..
Through the practice of meditation, we begin to glimpse that goodness is the unconditional ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings.
This weekend workshop will include meditation instruction, sitting and walking meditation, discussion groups, talks, and question and answer sessions. The Art of Being Human is the first of a series of five weekend workshops. This weekend retreat is open to the public.
With Shastri Charlene Leung & Robert Pressnall
Saturday, May 2nd
A day-long leadership training in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.
The Bay Area is known for its richness and diversity. Human diversity—from talents and ideas to social characteristics and spectrums of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, class, physical/mental ability status—locates the Bay Area on the cutting edge of creativity and innovation. Our natural make-up of diverse peoples and geography make this a fertile ground for exploring the potential of enlightened society and leadership.