End of Year Giving—Letter from our Director

Dear friends of San Francisco Shambhala, As we approach the end of 2015, we at the Shambhala Center wanted to reach out and connect with you personally—to thank you for your support of our Center and community, share a little taste of what we’ve been up to, and let you know how you can continue … Continue 

The Compassion of Unconditional Love

What Karuna Training Offers Story and photos by Miriam Hall Originally posted as a Shambhala Times Featured Story Update: A few spaces may still be available for the current cycle. I signed up for the very first North American Karuna Training series with lots of planning and very little expectation. In this article from last … Continue 

Transcript of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s 2015 Harvest of Peace Address

2015 Harvest of Peace Address THE KONGMA SAKYONG, JAMPAL TRINLEY DRADÜL: Greetings and good morning to everyone. I’m addressing you today from Berlin. It has been an amazing summer of travelling and teaching for me. Many of you have been to some of the programs that I was teaching. It feels like an appropriate time … Continue 

Enlightened Society: The Radical Path Between Promise and Fear

In March, angel Kyodo williams gave a brilliant Wednesday Dharma Night presentation to the San Francisco Shambhala Community. Below is a recording of her talk. We hope you find inspiration in her words. Introduction begins at 4:30, and the talk begins at 7:50.   The more we look, the more we realize how profound the … Continue 

The Vibrancy of Ziji – Report from Mexico City

by Rianne Pelleboer Diverse, vibrant and alive are the words that best describe the Ziji Summit in Mexico City from May 15 to 17th. We created a beehive atmosphere in the neighborhood of Roma Norte for Ziji friends to gather from around the world. In the breaks in the program, we spread out across the … Continue 

Making Peace Possible: The Shared Wisdom of the Human Heart

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche spoke live from the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Below is the raw recording in two parts. His remarks begin 48 minutes in to the first recording. We will upload a clean and edited recording as soon as possible. There is some streaming interruption towards the end of the first recording, resulting … Continue 

A Letter Regarding the Earthquake in Nepal from Shastri Amy Conway

Dear San Francisco Shambhala Sangha, As you have probably heard by now, yesterday a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal killing more than 2,500 people with other deaths in India and Tibet. Aftershocks today have also been devastating. The people of Nepal have seen their world literally crumble (including many ancient Buddhist temples and stupas). They … Continue 

Email as a Meditation Practice: Sending and Taking

By Katharine Bierce. What does it look like to put meditation into action? I’ve been pondering this ever since I took a class at the Berkeley Shambhala meditation center last year on the lojong slogans, which are about different ways to train the mind in wisdom and compassion. One of my favorite slogans is “When … Continue 

Ziji Collective Gathers in Mexico

This article, written by Rianne Pelleboer, was originally published in the Shambhala Times. See how many Bay Area Ziji movers and shakers you can find in the group photo! by Rianne Pelleboer Mexico City, that’s where the magic is happening this year. Young Shambhalians will gather there in May to enjoy a weekend of sharing experiences … Continue 

Oakland Satellite Center

We are delighted to announce the opening of a new Shambhala satellite center in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland! Many of our members have expressed the desire for a regular sitting group in Oakland. We are curious what natural connections Shambhala practitioners can make in Oakland, and we hope that this satellite will provide significant … Continue