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
 

The Art of Being Human:
Shambhala Training
Level 1

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

Learn more and register here…


Milarepa Day

Saturday, March 3rd from 10 AM to 8:30 PM

With Shastri Sandra Ladley, Marshall Bishop, and others

Among Trungpa Rinpoche’s great translation efforts was the rendering into English of the Songs of Realization of the greatest teachers of our Kagyu lineage. These were published as The Rain of Wisdom: The Vajra Songs of the Kagyu Gurus.

We read aloud through the entire book, annually, on Milarepa Day, keeping functional silence so that we can soak our minds in the minds of the gurus. One gains from this a connection to the personal experiences of practice, realization, and instruction of the great gurus, who wrote them for that purpose, for our encouragement. They are pithy, profound, beautiful, and touching.

While attending the entire day is a wonderful and powerful experience, you can participate for as much or as little as your schedule allows.

See the schedule and register here…


 What is Whiteness (Berkeley)

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

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.

Learn more and register here…


We are a Welcoming Community

 

Shambhala Day 2018:
Year of the Earth Dog
Recording

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!

Get the link…


 

Qigong Levels 1 and 2 (Berkeley)

With Michael Busby

Saturday & Sunday
February 24th and 25th
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Cultivate strength of body and calmness and clarity of mind through practices that integrate movement, breath, and internal energy.
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.

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.

Learn more and register here…


 


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