An Invitation to Saturday’s Regional Enlightened Society Gathering and Post-Fire Support

Dear Northern California Shambhala Sangha,
As the immediate danger of the fires begin to subside and people return to their homes or face devastating loss, I would like to invite you all to a Saturday gathering to be together in community.

Regional Enlightened Soceity GatheringRegional Enlightened Society Gathering
This will be an opportunity to check-in, be together and reflect on what it means to be a spiritual community at this time. As a gift from our Sakyong, we will pilot the collective practice of a new Sadhana called The Sadhana of Kindness in order to hold ourselves and our world in kindness in this difficult time. This will not be a time to take the Sadhana home, but rather a unique opportunity to explore the practice together before the larger roll-out in 2018.

In the morning we will check-in through conversation and practice the sadhana from 10 AM to 12:30 PM, and in the afternoon we will use Open Space Technology to form spontaneous groups for conversation or play from 1:45 PM to 5 PM. This will be followed by a reception.

Children and families are invited to participate in every aspect of the day.

You can register for the Regional Enlightened Society Gathering here. 

Update on the Fires
I am also happy to share the both the Sonoma and Santa Rosa Shambhala Centers have re-opened their doors this week, and are thinking of different ways to bring community together to offer support and care through practice and conversation circles.

I am also saddened to share that within our immediate community, Santa Rosa Shambhala members Bill Collins and Vicky McKay lost their home. If you would like to support them directly via their family created gofundme campaign please do so here.

How You Can Help
If you are affected by the fires and need support from the Shambhala community please contact our Berkeley Shambhala Director of Societal Health, Josie Schimke: [email protected]

As the fires reach containment the devastation is clearer than ever, and there are many ways to help, especially through monetary donations. Here is a list of ways to give to local agencies:

And here are a few ways that you can volunteer:

Sonoma Mountain Zen Center
At this time it’s clear that Sonoma Mountain Zen Center has fully survived the fire, although their neighborhood and members are devastated. Their board will meet this Saturday to discuss next steps for re-opening the center.

Now more than ever let us remember our tender but strong hearts and hold ourselves and our many communities in kindness through practice, conversation, service, and generosity.

Yours in service,


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