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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.

•   Wednesday Dharma Night
•   Tuesday Evening Meditation Practice
•   Sunday Morning Sit
•   Tuesday & Thursday Lunchtime Meditation
•   Sunday Family Mediation


Working With Money as Path—Bringing Gentleness, Mindfulness, and Vision to Your Relationship with Your Finances

with Joanne Martin Braun

Saturday, September 26th
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
This day-long experiential workshop will utilize the Shambhala principles of the Four Dignities to provide a framework of sanity for working with money. We will address how utilizing mindfulness, gentleness, generosity, and vision can help us relax, step out of old patterns, and build healthy new resources. 
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Five Thursday Evenings
From 7 to 9 PM
October 15th through November 12th

Receive the introductory tools and teachings for working with meditation in everyday life. With simple instructions and support, mindfulness meditation practice can become part of your life, bringing greater stability, strength, and clarity.

This is the first course in our core curriculum, The Way of Shambhala, which provides a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation and the Shambhala Buddhist teachings of compassion and confidence in a challenging world.

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Human beings need rest and space to be happy. In the Buddhist meditation tradition, we practice sitting still to offer space to ourselves, inside and out, and also to those we love and work with. 

Join us for a week of letting go of projects, worries, and regrets to create space for yourself through practicing non-attainment in sitting and walking meditation. In meditation practice, we return to being present to our body and mind with every breath; in this way we touch the center of our life.

This week-long sitting meditation intensive (or Weekthün) includes approximately 8 hours of daily silent meditation, Dharma talks and practice instructions, two meetings with a meditation instructor (for those attending the full week), and morning and evening Shambhala Buddhist chants.

Shambhala Vajrayana practitioners are invited to group practice in the Tantra Shrine Room.

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Sitting for Society

Over the past two years, the SF Shambhala Sit-aThon has raised over $65,000.

This revolutionized our thinking about fundraising, and provided the groundwork for a sustainable center. Thanks to this tremendous generosity, we have stabilize the finances of our center, and now look to the future.

If you participated over the past two years, we are calling on you to join us again. For those who are new to our Sit-A-Thon, please join in the fun as we look towards our future.

Sunday, November 8th from 7 AM to 7 PM

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Traditional Daoist Qigong
Level 3

in San Francisco
with Eva Wong
October 10th—11th

Traditional Daoist Qigong
Level 4

in San Francisco
with Eva Wong
October 17th—18th

Qigong cultivates strength of body and calmness of mind through Taoist practices—integrating movement, breath, and 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.


Being A Friend to Yourself and Others

with Acharya Emily Bower
January 23rd—24th, 2016

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.

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