How To Make A Sit-a-Thon

In just eight days the Northern California Shambhala community is gathering across seven centers and groups to host the first regional sit-a-thon, Sitting for Society. This fundraiser is based on a model that San Francisco piloted last year with the intent that it can be duplicated throughout the mandala. What is great about a sit-a-thon … Continue 

How I Learned To Hang My Hat On My Heart

By Jaime Moreland From the Laughing Lotus Blog I was sitting in a favorite neighborhood coffee shop, when my new 84-year old buddy, Nate, asked what I did for a living. Until recently, this question weighed heavily on my heart. For most of my life, I based my self worth on my job; I once … Continue 

The Practice of Community

photo: harvest breeding via photopin cc In Shambhala, we have recently begun to describe membership as the “practice of community.” As Director of the Berkeley Shambhala Center, I’ve been giving this phrase a lot of thought. At first it sounds quite pleasant; as though, “yes, please, sign me up for that.” But then questions arise. … Continue 

Shambhala: A Global Community

Shambhala is a global community of people inspired by the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature, our innate wisdom, can be developed so that it benefits our own lives and helps meet the many challenges facing the world. Shambhala welcomes people from all walks of life, faiths, … Continue 

Reflections on Magyal Pomra Encampment

By Matthew Parkinson After experiencing the earthy and raw encampment grounds at Shambhala Mountain Center, the transition back to modern life is abrupt, to say the least. Last month, seven bay area sangha members gathered with over 100 members of the Dorje Kasung for the annual Magyal Pomra Encampment, a gritty and bare-bones retreat that … Continue 

Dharma Raffle Winners!

Our successful Spring raffle resulted in some great people winning some great prizes: Earlybird SMZC Weekthun: Alexa Gould Kavet $100 SF Shambhala Gift Certificates: Geoff Cox Amy Early Cara  Sarelli Henry Shafer Tery Grant Susan Arnesen Sky Weir-Mathews Manoij Ramakrishnan Patricia Medeiros Victor Pertone Amy Early Chinh  Nguyen Jenny Viva Collisson Susie Cook Beatrice Lazar … Continue 

Good News—Sunday Parking Meter Changes Coming

Starting July 6, 2014 on-street meters and off-street parking meters will no longer require payment on Sundays, except meters on SF Port property. Exceptions to this change in policy are areas where meters operated on Sundays prior to the addition of Sunday operating hours in January 2013. This includes: Port of San Francisco jurisdiction meters … Continue 

Mindfulness & The City: A Wilderness Lover’s Guide To Survival.

By Olivia Moschettion. This article was originally posted in Elephant Journal on May 11, 2014. I spent a major chunk of my summer hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail where mindfulness was practically forced out of me at every turn. In the wilderness it’s hard not to notice the present moment: the beautiful lakes, the … Continue 

A Message From Charity

Dear precious friends, family, sangha, and community from all the corners of my life, I’ve been wanting to give you an update and it has taken me some days to find my voice. So here it is: I left Stanford hospital on Sunday and have been home since then. I was there for 4 days. … Continue 

Charity Is Up and About!

In less than 24 hours after surgery, Charity is up and walking. This photo was taken yesterday during Charity’s third walk of the day. She looks good, has energy, and can’t wait to leave the hospital. If all goes well, she may be coming home this Sunday. Kudos to her spirit and the amazing skill … Continue