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 

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 

Unraveling Oppression and White Privilege Starts Here

 By Kelsey Blackwell . “But all our phrasing—race relations, racial chasm, racial justice, racial profiling, white privilege, even white supremacy—serves to obscure that racism is a visceral experience, that it dislodges brains, blocks airways, rips muscle, extracts organs, cracks bones, breaks teeth. You must never look away from this. You must always remember that the … Continue 

Shambhala Day, Dön Season, Practice, and Festivities

Join us as we prepare for The Year of the Wood Sheep, and help us celebrate the Shambhala New Year. Shambhala Day marks the beginning of the New Year—the Year of the Wood Sheep—and represents one of the most important traditions of Shambhala Buddhism. Shambhala Day is a time for us to gather as a … Continue 

A Letter from the Director

Great Sangha, Happy Belated New Year! I hope you all have enjoyed the beginnings of Winter, either through holidays spent with family and friends, or through practice, like many members of our community did at the Winter Weekthün at our sister Center in Berkeley. I’m writing with a few important and exciting announcements with a … Continue 

Holiday Schedule at SF Shambhala

We will have a modified open house and yoga schedule over the holidays. So many of our members and volunteers are visiting family or in retreat these two weeks. Starting on Sunday, January 4th, we will be back in full swing. All Yoga classes will break for the next twelve days, and begin again on … Continue 

How To Make A Sit-a-Thon

In just eight days the Northern California Shambhala community is gathering across seven centers and groups to host the first regional sit-a-thon, Sitting for Society. This fundraiser is based on a model that San Francisco piloted last year with the intent that it can be duplicated throughout the mandala. What is great about a sit-a-thon … Continue 

How I Learned To Hang My Hat On My Heart

By Jaime Moreland From the Laughing Lotus Blog I was sitting in a favorite neighborhood coffee shop, when my new 84-year old buddy, Nate, asked what I did for a living. Until recently, this question weighed heavily on my heart. For most of my life, I based my self worth on my job; I once … 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