A Message from Our Director

Dear SF Shambhala Community, Almost a year and a half ago, I was asked to “manage” the center. I was hesitant to agree. I had just finished coordinating Mamo Chants, Shambhala Day, and a Level I, and while I really liked coordinating Mamo Chants & Shambhala Day, it took a lot of time. I like … Continue 

Deepening in Compassion

SF Shambhala is pleased to join with Shambhala Online to offer a series of Buddhist Mahayana teachings taught by the Shambhala acharyas. (An acharya is a senior teacher in the Shambhala community.) Each teaching will replace our regularly-scheduled Sunday Morning Sit. We will connect online, along with the global community, to participate in these live-streamed … Continue 

Community Rising!

  Dear San Francisco Shambhala Community, Please join us on January 27th, Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 PM, to share our visions with each other for our center in 2019. Last fall we had a successful membership drive and now we are at a place where it is time to envision how we want … Continue 

Letter from Cody McGough, Regional Director

Dear Regional Members and Friends, In the wake of this Summer’s allegations towards the Sakyong the Shambhala community is entering a period of transformation. Soon an interim board will begin leading Shambhala International, and an international process team will begin guiding community healing and organizational change. In our own region we are at a crossroads … Continue 

Northern California Shambhala Financial Update

Northern California Shambhala Financial Update August 22, 2018 Dear Northern California Shambhala Community, The leadership of Northern California Shambhala (including the Regional Board, Center Directors and Board Advisors from various centers) has asked us to report to you on the financial health and status of Northern California Shambhala (NCS). This report is a step toward … Continue 

A Letter from Kwong-roshi to the Northern California Shambhala Community

Click on the image to view and download a PDF. Dear Shambhala Sangha, We want to extend ourselves in a moment of deep sadness and loneliness for the Shambhala community. During this very difficult process, we welcome all of you to take refuge at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center as a place for inner reflection and … Continue 

A Letter from the Northern California Leadership Addressing our Community

Dear Northern California Shambhala Members, Friends, and Guests, As members and advisors of our regional Shambhala governing body, we are concerned and saddened by the recent accounts of sexual misconduct, including those regarding Shambhala’s lineage holder, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. . Our hearts go out to those who have experienced harm in Shambhala, as well as … Continue 

Resources for Helping our Sangha to Understand Current Events in Shambhala

Shambhala International is in the midst of its own #METOO and sorting through the realities of sexual misconduct and power abuse within our own beloved organization. This page is a virtual reading room for our community. We will continue to update this page with new information as it becomes available. This list is not intended … Continue 

Resolution from the Northern California Shambhala Board of Directors and Leadership Regarding the Separation of Children from Their Parents at the United States Border

Family is sacred to Shambhala Buddhism. Family holds the wisdom of our ancestors, a wisdom that enriches us and that can be handed down to future generations. Family is kin, the root of the word “kindness.” Shambhala Buddhism takes as its path the creation of an enlightened society, the most intimate form of which is … Continue 

Be in Grace: A Mindful Concert at Grace Cathedral

Join SF Shambhala and Mission Be for an immersive music and sound healing experience with an array of celebrated musical artists. The goal of the concert is to cultivate a sense of inner peace, compassion, and connection within a growing mindful community inside the magnificent space of Grace Cathedral. Featured artists include Jennifer Berezan, Linda … Continue