Spark. Radiate.

News from the Ziji Collective The San Fransisco Shambhala Center is filled with people whose eyes are all sparkling. They are eager to meet each other, eager to talk, excited to see dear familiar faces. Jazz plays softly in the background, and there is a feeling of curiosity as people sip their wine and munch on … Continue 

Institute for Compassionate Leadership | Lodro Rinzler

Chelsea Nenni recently sat down with Shambhala sangha member and teacher Lodro Rinzler to discuss his most recent venture, the Institute for Compassionate Leadership. Primarily targeting the millennial generation, it is the only leadership institute to combine executive coaching, mentorship, and job placement under one umbrella. As it is based partly in Shambhala principles, Chelsea teased out how this … Continue 

The Playground of the Warriors

Of the many kinds of sacred spaces that one finds in contemporary America, children’s playgrounds remain the most robust. And within the Bay Area, the high temple of them all must surely be the Helen Diller Playground at Dolores Park. Spending an hour enshrined there on a quintessential Bay Area afternoon–low 70s, light breeze, cloudless … Continue 

Sitting for Society: A Sit-A-Thon for SF Shambhala

Please consider participating: sign up to sit, sponsor a sitter by contributing to one of the many sitter profiles already created, or sponsor the Sit-A-Thon event as a major patron or business owner. As a sitter, all you have to do is go to the website and create your own personal profile page, complete with photos and a personal statement. To enlist … Continue 

Lessons from the Best Painting Class Ever

By Daniel Rekshan Lessons from the best painting class ever, Creating Your Inner Mandala with Kalsang Dawa at the Berkeley Shambhala Center. The four day workshop was filled with grinding paints, preparation of canvas, composition, and painting. We learned the traditional methods of preparation and expressed our own creativity by painting our own personal mandala. Kalsang Dawa, Tibetan … Continue 

The Six Objectives for 2014

The following are six major objectives for the SF Shambhala Center for 2014.  They are all based on directives from the Sakyong and further developed by the SF Shambhala Governing Council. 1. Personal Transformation Personal transformation in Shambhala is the individual courage, kindness and wisdom developed through the path of meditation as expressed in the … Continue 

Sakyong’s 2013 Harvest of Peace Address

Video of the Sakyong’s Harvest of Peace address. To read the address, please scroll down, and enjoy. Food Conversation and Mediation by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche Greetings, everyone. A very warm and cheerful Harvest of Peace day! Today, I am addressing you from London, in the United Kingdom, where we have just concluded the Awake in … Continue 

Harvest of Peace

This past Saturday we held our annual Harvest of Peace Celebration at the SF Shambhala Center. Harvest of Peace is one of Shambhala’s “nyida” days which celebrate the four major events of the lunar calendar: Autumnal and Vernal Equinox, Winter and Summer Solstice.  “Nyida” means Sun and Moon, emphasizing the importance of connecting to the … Continue 

Talking Spirituality: Shambhala Meditation in San Francisco

by Natalie Grigson By the time we arrived at the Shambhala Meditation Center, the double doors were locked, a thin sliver of light peeking through from within. My roommate knocked and while we waited and waited, I wondered if no one answered, should I just take a photo of the door and write about our journey … Continue