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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


Practicing Peace, Discovering Joy
A 7-Day Urban Retreat

With Shastri Sandra Ladley
December 28th—January 3rd

‘Tis the season to join this week-long meditation retreat at the San Francisco Shambhala Center.

We will have the opportunity to practice peace through meditation, and discover the joy within our open and tender hearts. We’ll ring out the old and welcome in the new, moment by moment.

The retreat will include silent meditation, talks, personal interviews, group discussion, body awareness exercises, and contemplative lunches. Come whether you are new to meditation or a seasoned practitioner. Come for a day, a few days, or the whole week.

Shastri Ladley will draw on the ‘awakened heart’ bodhisattva warrior teachings of acclaimed author Pema Chödrön, an Acharya or senior teacher, in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. Sandra will teach from the books Start Where You Are and The Places That Scare You. Along with our deepening journey of mindfulness meditation we will practice Tonglen; contemplate the Mahayana slogans; and, on New Year’s Eve, practice the Shambhala Sadhana for awakening basic goodness for ourselves, all beings, and society.

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

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We are a Welcoming Community





Sitting for Society 2015 happened on November 8th, and there is still time to show your support.

Your Center Needs You!

As of November 8th we have raised almost $6,500—about 40% of our goal. We will be accepting pledges through the month of November, so visit our site and pledge to support our hard-working meditators!

The sit-a-thon model revolutionized our thinking about fundraising, and provides the groundwork for a sustainable center. Thanks to this tremendous generosity of our community and their supporters, we can now look to a brighter future in these challenging economic times.

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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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