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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



Being A Friend to Yourself and Others

with Acharya Emily Bower
New Date: 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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Yeshe Tsogyal: Transmuting Confusion into Wisdom

with Acharya Melissa Moore
September 1st—October 3rd

Discover the potency of the heart through this practice-based, study-intensive group—an experiential dive into the depths and blessings of feminine principle.

Yeshe Tsogyal, a realized Female Buddha from the 8th Century in Tibet, is known as the Queen of Samsara and Nirvana. She makes a perfect role model for us in the modern age, where we are forced to interact in the world to discover daily life as an opportunity and path of awakening.

This study group dives into an array of assigned readings from Lady of the Lotus-Born: The Life and Enlightenment of Yeshe Tosgyal, and other readings from the Shambhala Lineage that help to illuminate Yeshe Tsogyal’s pith instructions of how to transmute our difficult emotions and circumstances of life into a process of awakening the heart and skillful means.

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The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training
Level I

with Acharya Alan Schwartz
July 31st—August 2nd

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.

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Traditional Daoist Qigong
Levels 1 & 2

in Berkeley
with Elizabeth Latchis
August 22nd—August 23rd

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.