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 

Holiday Schedule at SF Shambhala

We will have a modified open house and yoga schedule over the holidays. So many of our members and volunteers are visiting family or in retreat these two weeks. Starting on Sunday, January 4th, we will be back in full swing. All Yoga classes will break for the next twelve days, and begin again on … Continue 

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