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 

Your Mind in a Jar

This is your mind in a jar. That’s right. It’s red, gold, orange, pink, blue, green, even black. Sparkly, whirling, spinning, messy. We ring the gong and wait. And now it is still and clear. When we bring our attention to our minds, what do we notice? And when we spend a few moments in … Continue 

Paranirvana Day

Shambhala’s annual Paranirvana Day is a community gathering that celebrates the life and influence of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The founder of Shambhala was Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939-1987). Trungpa Rinpoche was the 11th descendent in the line of Trungpa tulkus, important teachers of the Kagyü lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Renowned for its strong emphasis on meditation … Continue 

Video: Ringing in the Year of the Wood Horse

The much-anticipated full video of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s Shambhala Day Address 2014 From Boulder Colorado. Produced by Centre East Media with Shambhala Online. Watch the video on Vimeo.  

Shambhala Shing Kam Ceremony for Susan Stonefield

Wednesday, February 26th at 7 PM Berkeley Shambhala Center Our sangha sister, Susan Stonefield, gently passed away Monday morning, February 17, at her home in Minneapolis. With genuine full hearts of sadness we invite you to practice this week for Susan and also join us next week at the Berkeley Shambhala Center for the Shing … Continue 

Protector Principle: Averting the Negativity of the Old Year

by Dorje Loppön Lodrö Dorje The year end Mamo Days practice is a means of clearing up the environmental negativity of the whole year. It is traditional at this time to invoke the transforming power of realization in the form of the Dharma Protectors’ practice. The karmic forces which shape our world are both personal … Continue 

Ki Ki So So and Mazel Tov!

Ali and Arik Pelkey celebrate the birth of their second child, Lucas Shai Pelkey. Lucas was born on January 1, 2014. The Pelkey’s first child, Ryder, turns two years old on April 22.

The San Francisco Shambhala Center Director Search

Background The San Francisco Shambhala Center is the local aspect of “Sharchen Dzong”, a regional capital center located in the heart of San Francisco and serving the greater Northern California Shambhala community. The Center is currently in the process of developing into a fully fledged cultural center, offering a myriad of programs, events and offerings … Continue 

No Shortage of Light

COLUMN: Youth and Family Celebrating Children’s Day by Leslie Gossett and Richard Vogler, Northern California photos by Leslie Gossett “People of Shambhala, this is a wonderful day. We have rediscovered the indestructible goodness of life. Let us celebrate this goodness now, on this very day. Even if the days are short, we can have enormous … Continue 

Sit-A-Thon — Some Wonderful News!

I have something to share with you… You see, we just had our most successful fundraiser ever–by a long shot. Last Saturday, November 9th, a group of us gathered in the Meditation Hall for Sitting For Society, and we have to date raised over 85% of our $50K goal, or $42,392. We are blown away … Continue