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.
with Lee Worley
Plus Sunday Dharma Arts Salon
March 4th—March 6th
Please join us in an exploration of Tara’s profound teachings and practices.
The story of Tara, mother of all the enlightened ones, has as much meaning and importance today as it did when her practice originated. Foremost among the feminine Buddhist lineage, Tara clears away fears and overpowering negative emotions, enabling all beings to reach enlightenment.
During this evening and day of meditation-in-action we will combine teachings and discussion with practice. We will use a short Tara practice composed by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche and Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, which can help us overcome fear and anxiety, enabling us to open up our own heart of compassion.
with Michael Busby
March 12th —13th
Qigong is designed to cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through Taoist practices that integrate movement, breath, and qi (internal energy) to promote health and longevity. A form of gentle, relaxing exercise, qigong strengthens joints, muscles, tendons, and bones, increases flexibility, stimulates the circulation of energy in our body, and enhances mental clarity. Qigong is also an excellent way to gently introduce mobility and relaxation to persons who have physical challenges.
This is a rare opportunity to receive instruction in two unique qigong lineages, neither of which have previously been fully transmitted to students in the West. The Pre-Celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) was founded in the Song dynasty (circa 10th to 12th centuries) by Daoist sage Chen Xiyi, recognized as “the father of qigong.” This lineage specializes in using qigong techniques to build the foundation for sitting meditation.
- Introducing Brooke Griffin, the New San Francisco Shambhala Center Deputy Director! December 20, 2015
- End of Year Giving—Letter from our Director December 1, 2015
- The Compassion of Unconditional Love November 8, 2015
- Transcript of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s 2015 Harvest of Peace Address September 20, 2015
- Enlightened Society: The Radical Path Between Promise and Fear July 13, 2015
- 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
March 3rd—March 31st
In Contentment in Everyday Life, meditation experience is deepened through the cultivation of contentment and simplicity.
This course provides an exploration of 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.
The Way of Shambhala Curriculum is designed to be taken in conjunction with Shambhala Training levels I-V. Contentment in Everyday Life is both a companion class to Shambhala Training Level II as well as an excellent introductory course on its own.
There are no prerequisites for this class
with Acharya Alan Schwartz
March 18th—March 20th
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.