Enlightened Society: The Radical Path Between Promise and Fear

In March, angel Kyodo williams gave a brilliant Wednesday Dharma Night presentation to the San Francisco Shambhala Community. Below is a recording of her talk. We hope you find inspiration in her words. Introduction begins at 4:30, and the talk begins at 7:50.   The more we look, the more we realize how profound the … Continue 

Video—Shambhala Year in Review

2104 Shambhala Year in Review: Year of the Wood Horse

How Do You Do Peace?

A wonderful video comprised of excerpts from various public talks by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche during 2013.   Imagining Peace with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

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 

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 

Down the Rabbit Hole with Alice

or How Flower Arranging Taught Me To Paint the Landscape   Alice Tarkeshi is the ikebana master at San Francisco Shambhala Center and she has been the greatest teacher of landscape painting to me. But she did not use brush and paint to teach, rather she used flowers in space. Meeting I met Alice Tarkeshi almost … Continue