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 

Video—Shambhala Year in Review

2104 Shambhala Year in Review: Year of the Wood Horse

Shambhala Day, Dön Season, Practice, and Festivities

Join us as we prepare for The Year of the Wood Sheep, and help us celebrate the Shambhala New Year. Shambhala Day marks the beginning of the New Year—the Year of the Wood Sheep—and represents one of the most important traditions of Shambhala Buddhism. Shambhala Day is a time for us to gather as a … Continue 

A Letter from the Director

Great Sangha, Happy Belated New Year! I hope you all have enjoyed the beginnings of Winter, either through holidays spent with family and friends, or through practice, like many members of our community did at the Winter Weekthün at our sister Center in Berkeley. I’m writing with a few important and exciting announcements with a … Continue 

We Can’t Breathe

by Amani Loutfy Originally published in the Berkeley Shambhala Center Blog. On the cushion I sit with my breath, to learn the nature of mind, and to connect myself to all other sentient beings. May we all be free from suffering, and from the nature of suffering. I have mostly questions today, in the morning … Continue