Spark your heart and mind through the practice of meditation.

SF Shambala Meditation — Primordial Ridgen

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New to Meditation or Shambhala?
Join us for a free drop-in program. Learn to meditate, connect with community, develop mindful-awareness, and compassion. And, meditation instruction is always available. We’re located at 1231 Stevenson Street in SF.

•   Sunday Morning Sit
•   Tuesday Lunchtime Meditation
•   Young Meditators Night


Announcement: April 8th Sunday Morning Meditation will join the Level one, and run from 10 to 11 AM only for sitting practice. We will resume our usual schedule the following week.

The Art of Being Human:
Shambhala Training
Level 1

Saturday & Sunday, April 7th and 8th
From 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM

This intimate urban retreat provides instruction for sitting and walking meditation as a means to develop mindfulness in daily life.

The Art of Being Human is the first program in the renowned Way of Shambhala series. This first Shambhala Training Weekend presents the view that human beings, at the core, are fundamentally awake. By training in meditation, we learn to remember our natural confidence and relax to the freshness of the present moment, no matter what that moment may bring.

We’ll discover that awakening is not about escaping from the world we live in, but instead is about bringing our practice to every aspect of our lives: work, play, relationships, and more. It all begins with giving ourselves the opportunity to reconnect with our true human existence—the experience of our five senses, the feeling of emotions in our body, and yes, even the awareness of thoughts across our minds.

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 What is Whiteness (Berkeley)

Exploring our White Cultural Conditioning
A Monthly Discussion Series with Lea Stotland 

Meets Monthly in Berkeley on Friday Evenings — March 16th through August 17th from 7 to 9 PM

This third-Friday series is for meditators who self-identify as white and who wish to learn, listen, and unpack the notions of race and whiteness with fearlessness. We will do this brave work together in the “cradle of loving-kindness,” creating a container of warmth and shared agreements to allow our truths to emerge.

We will look directly and compassionately at our own experience of race and whiteness and explore the obstacles and privileges that are carried unconsciously throughout our communities, relationships and institutions. This kind of examination is urgently needed for us as individuals and as a Shambhala community to be able to respond effectively to the realities of the world we live in.

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We are a Welcoming Community


Contentment in Everyday Life: A 5-Week Course

Contentment in Everyday Life

With Kathryn Rile & Susan Arnesen

Five Tuesday Evenings
From 7 to 9 PM
April 17th through May 15th

In Contentment in Everyday Life, meditation experience is deepened through the cultivation of contentment and simplicity.
Contentment in Everyday Life 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.

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Shambhala Day 2018:
Year of the Earth Dog

Friday, February 16th

Here is the link to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s address to the worldwide Shambhala community as well as some of the supporting videos that where shown on Shambhala Day.

Cheerful Shambhala Day! Ki Ki So So!

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Shambhala Online

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    Starts 01 Apr 2018
    The Lost Art of Good Conversation Book by Sakyong Mipham Rinp
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    Starts 01 Apr 2018
    This course includes six live sessions that meet once a week
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    Starts 15 Apr 2018
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