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 

Practice For Charity Martin

On Wednesday, June 11th, the San Francisco Sangha invites the entire Shambhala community to practice for our beloved friend, teacher, and community member, Charity Martin. Charity will be undergoing surgery Wednesday morning, and she has requested that we all practice, especially tonglen, on her behalf. The San Francisco Center will hold practice from 9 AM … Continue 

Generosity For Charity Martin

A Message From Charity’s Sister, Hope Martin. Dear Friends and Family, Most of you know (but many of you don’t) that my dear twin sister Charity was diagnosed with lung cancer. It’s been quite a journey since the three-and-a-half centimeter mass was found in her right lung on April 3rd. We now know it’s a … Continue 

Conference Meets Heart

COLUMN: Youth and Family Teaching Mindfulness and Compassion to Youth article by Leslie Gossett, Column Editor photos by Mark Anderson We recently hosted a conference in Northern California at which the presenters said it was unlike any other conference they’d been to. It was like… conference meets heart. With about 70 people in the shrine … Continue 

Rites of Passage Camping Trip at Vajrapani Institute

All good things are wild and free. —Henry David Thoreau The first time I read those words of Thoreau, I knew something about them was fundamentally true for me. The times in my life when I’d felt happiest, were the times of freedom. The times of being myself with no one asking me to be … Continue 

“First, I Will Love Me for Me More”

Reflections on the Being Brave Children’s Program photos and report by Leslie Gossett Last weekend’s Being Brave and Creating Enlightened Society event with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Ani Pema Chodron was an event that represented Shambhala’s broader vision and goal to create enlightened society. The quest asked the following questions: Is enlightened society possible? What … Continue 

You Are The Future

Reflections on the Ziji Collective International Summit by Annica Crouse photos by Alexandra Lippman At an historic gathering, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche attended an international gathering of young Shambhala practitioners at the recent Ziji Collective International Summit held in San Francisco. Sharing his vision for the future of Shambhala and the Ziji Collective, the Sakyong spoke … Continue 

Ziji Assembles in San Francisco

Ziji Collective Leaders to Assemble in San Francisco with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche article by Alex Van Gils, San Francisco photos by Alex Milsom, LA Ziji This is going to be great. On the evening of April 30th, representatives of a generation of young leaders from around the Shambhala mandala will gather together in San Francisco, … Continue 

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche—Is Meditation Selfish?

Waylon Lewis of Elephant Journal sits down with Sakyong Mipham, Shambhala Buddhist Teacher, to discuss Meditation as Activism.      

New San Francisco Director Announced

Mr. Alexander Van Gils has been approved by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as the next Center Director for the San Francisco Shambhala Center. Alex will replace Mr. Cody McGough, who has served for the past three and a half years with great vision and dedication. Alex has dynamic leadership skills and a deep devotion to the … Continue