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 the Buddhist tradition, lovingkindness is not just a feeling, but a way of being present with ourselves and others.
We may feel great love and appreciation for the people we are close to, but how do we extend and express appreciation to ourselves? Can we express true friendship and love toward someone else when we are enveloped in self-criticism and self-doubt?
Buddhist practices and teachings offer help and practical tools for extending simple kindness to ourselves and others—without surrendering our self-esteem or confidence. Through sitting meditation, we learn that genuine kindness—and the willingness to be present with everything that arises in our daily life—requires courage and strength.
Join us for a day and a half of guided meditation and kindness practices, and conversation. Introduction to sitting meditation will be offered.
with Alice Tarkeshi
Saturday, June 20th
10 AM to 6 PM
Heaven, Earth and Humanity as an ongoing state of awareness
What began as flower arranging in Japan, in conjunction with the Buddhist view, has blossomed into a modern art—limitless in possibilities for self-expression.
The return to spontaneous play, held by specific considerations of proportion and harmony, is the joy and challenge of this experience.
In this day-long workshop, based on an initial demonstration, participants will create arrangements in space, made both with and without flowers. This will be followed by a large-scale, collaborative work after lunch.
- The Vibrancy of Ziji – Report from Mexico City May 26, 2015
- Making Peace Possible: The Shared Wisdom of the Human Heart May 8, 2015
- A Letter Regarding the Earthquake in Nepal from Shastri Amy Conway April 27, 2015
- Email as a Meditation Practice: Sending and Taking April 22, 2015
- Ziji Collective Gathers in Mexico April 16, 2015
- Oakland Satellite Center April 15, 2015
- Video—Shambhala Year in Review February 20, 2015
- Shambhala Day, Dön Season, Practice, and Festivities February 10, 2015
with Shastri Gayle Van Gils
Saturday and Sunday, June 13—14
This weekend course will give you the opportunity to explore your vision for making the world a better place, identify steps for getting there, and create a plan to make it happen.
Would you like to devote your energies to making the world a better place, and create financial abundance in your life? This weekend provides a powerful opportunity to explore the intersection of service, work and pay in the company of like-minded, social entrepreneurs. Participants will develop a vision for creating positive change in the world, then create a plan for implementation of their vision.
This highly-interactive weekend will be interspersed with short presentations and activities—this is not a lecture-style program.
with Shastri Amy Conway and Susan Arensen
Eight Tuesday Evenings
July 7th—August 25th
In this 8-week class, we will study the teachings of Pema Chodron from her best-selling book, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times. We will explore how the practice of meditation can support us in opening to all our life experience including the most difficult times.
We will study traditional Buddhist teachings on the three marks of existence, the traditional four obstacles, the healing capacity of bodhicitta, and more. We will also explore methods for working with fear and chaos. This class is open to everyone.