Shambhala Day 2021—Year of the Iron Ox

  The theme of this year’s live broadcast was Celebrating Shambhala Culture and had a particular focus on Shambhala contemplative arts and culture. Presenters included Acharya Arawana Hayashi, Acharya Dan Hessey, and arts and culture features from Centers and Groups around the world. Programming elements included a lhasang, Kyudo shot, Ikebana demonstration, tea ceremony demonstration, … Continue 

A letter to the San Francisco Shambhala Community

  Dear San Francisco Shambhala Community, This is a difficult letter to write. It is with a heavy heart that we share this news with you. In a meeting between Northern California Shambhala, Inc. (NCSI) leadership and a core group of SF volunteers, the decision was made to approach our landlord and negotiate an early … Continue 

NorCal Shambhala Response to COVID-19

Dear Sangha,  We send this message in care and concern for the wellbeing of all of you as we navigate this health challenge together. The Northern California Shambhala Board of Directors has asked the centers and groups in the region to close all public programs for the remainder of the month of March due to … Continue 

Current Events in Shambhala and Resources

Shambhala International is in the midst of its own #METOO and sorting through the realities of sexual misconduct and power abuse within our own beloved organization. This page is a virtual reading room for our community. We will continue to update this page with new information as it becomes available. This list is not intended … Continue 

Resolution from the Northern California Shambhala Board of Directors and Leadership Regarding the Separation of Children from Their Parents at the United States Border

Family is sacred to Shambhala Buddhism. Family holds the wisdom of our ancestors, a wisdom that enriches us and that can be handed down to future generations. Family is kin, the root of the word “kindness.” Shambhala Buddhism takes as its path the creation of an enlightened society, the most intimate form of which is … Continue 

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Shambhala Day 2018 — Address by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Cheerful Shambhala Day 2018 — Year of the Earth Dog! This morning, over 35 members and friends of the San Francisco Shambhala community joined together in our Meditation Hall to practice, watch Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s address, share delicious food, and connect through conversation and community discussion. There were also toasts while sipping some pretty decent … Continue 

An Update on the Northern California Wildfires from our Regional Director

Dear Northern California Sangha, As the North Bay fires continue the following is a brief community update with some resources for those affected by the fire as well as ways to help. First, I would like to share that our Sakyong has been monitoring the fire situation from Colorado and sends his love, blessings, and … Continue 

Sonoma and Napa Wildfires

A Letter to the Regional Sangha about the Sonoma and Napa Wildfires With the developing wildfires in Sonoma and Napa counties, I know that many of you are wondering how our Shambhala community is doing and that many of you are in the middle of it right now having evacuated your homes. The following is … Continue 

Video of the Sakyong’s talk on Harvest of Peace 2017

Click here to watch the video of the Sakyong’s talk on Harvest of Peace 2017. And thank you to everyone who contributed to our Firebird Fundraiser over Harvest of Peace!

Harvest of Peace Address 2017

Harvest of Peace Address 2017

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche SANGYUM WENDY FRIEDMAN Hello, everyone. Cheerful Harvest of Peace to all of our Shambhala friends, warriors, and citizens gathered throughout the world today. Harvest of Peace is one of our four seasonal holidays in Shambhala, known as Nyida Days, when we mark the changing of the seasons and our connection with the … Continue