Programs for Northern California USA Region

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

A Year of Deepening in Compassion

April 7th—October 6th

The path of the Bodhisattva Warrior begins with developing affection for ourselves and expands this to others, dissolving the barriers that divide us. To support this practice, the Shambhala Acharyas have offered to lead the community in a year-long serie Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Shambhala Sadhana

August 18th—September 15th

On or near the full moon, we gather as a community throughout Shambhala to practice the Shambhala Sadhana. Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Lojong Slogan Practice Class (Mind Training) with Jesse Miller

with Jesse Miller

September 5th—September 26th

Four weeks of study and contemplation with Jesse Miller on the Lojong Mind Trainings. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Vajrayana Circle

with Acharya Holly Gayley

September 15th

Vajrayana practitioners will gather to deepen our exploration of the themes from this weekend through stories of women in terma lineages in eastern Tibet. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

White Tara: A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times

with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

September 20th—September 22nd

This weekend video course introduces the short daily practice of White Tara, one of the most famous bodhisattvas of compassion in Tibetan Buddhism. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Warrior In The World: Shambhala Training Level III

with Shastri Joanne Martin Braun & Jesse Miller

September 21st—September 22nd

Developing fearlessness by examining our habitual tendencies, we begin to open and engage the world directly extending this attitude of fearlessness to our everyday activities. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

The Five Wisdoms Energies - A Yogic Practice

with Irini Rockwell

September 21st—September 22nd

Please join us for a day of discovering the Five Wisdoms within ourselves, each other and in our lives together. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Harvest of Peace

September 22nd

Save the date! Gather with our San Francisco Shambhala sangha to celebrate the richness of our community. This celebration will replace our usual Sunday Morning Sit. All are invited to attend! Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Harvest of Peace

September 29th

Harvest of Peace is a community celebration associated with the feeling of appreciation, the spirit of generosity and sharing the bounty of the seasons. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Harvest of Peace Celebration

September 29th

Join us for this annual community celebration. This year we will be celebrating at the Sonoma's Garden Park. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

The Healing Power of the Vajrayana Path

with Acharya Christie Cashman

October 5th—October 9th

This is a restricted program—those who have been to a Sacred World Assembly, Rigden Abhisheka, or Scorpion Seal Assemblies are welcome to attend. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Deepening in Compassion II: Video Talks with Acharyas

October 6th—November 10th

Join us for this series of teachings on deepening in compassion. We continue our journey. This second series of four explores the Shambhala mahayana teachings of relative bodhicitta and how we put our aspirati Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

No Time To Lose: A Dharma Response to Climate Change

with Irv Kirschbaum & Stephanie Hiller

October 26th

Please join us for Practice Day based on this recent day-long event at Spirit Rock featuring video talks and teachings from Joanna Macy, Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield & others. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Song of Experience—Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Tibet

with Acharya Richard John

November 8th—November 10th

This song of realization, called "Don't Wander!" is profound and pithy guide to the Buddhist path in only five lines. This weekend program is open to all practitioners, new and senior, who wishes to deepen their understanding and practice of meditation on Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Weekend II: Birth of the Warrior

with Michael Ratener

November 9th—November 10th

Having experienced a taste of basic goodness in the first weekend program, we want to go forward. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Basic Goodness 1: Who Am I?

with Acharya Adam Lobel & Barbara Hirschfeld

November 14th—January 9th (2020)

When we sit in meditation, and notice the fluidity of what we once thought was our solid self, the question naturally arises, "Who am I?" This course offers a six-session journey around that question, and includes meditation instruction, discussion group Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Samsara is an Ocean of Narratives. What is our Path?

with Acharya Richard John

November 21st

This one-day program with Acharya Richard John will be on the Four Dharmas of Gampopa and will take place at Open Sky Retreat Space. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Heart Instructions of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche - Song of Experience: Mahayana Day

with Acharya Richard John

November 23rd

This is open to everyone. We will study and practice this text as instructions for the bodhisattva path, incorporating some of the key slogans of Lojong--mind training. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Heart Instructions of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche - Song of Experience: Vajrayana Weekend

with Acharya Richard John

November 23rd—November 24th

We will study and practice the song as a Dzokchen text. This weekend is a gathering for tantrikas. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Warrior in the World: Shambhala Training III

with Charity Martin

December 7th—December 8th

Developing fearlessness by examining our habitual tendencies, we begin to open and engage the world directly extending this attitude of fearlessness to our everyday activities. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Sadhana of Kindness: Day of Transmission and Practice

with Irv Kirschbaum & Susie Cook

December 7th

Sonoma Shambhala is pleased to offer a one-day program introducing The Sadhana of Kindness, a short liturgy invoking the moon of kindness in our hearts as the basis for establishing enlightened society. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Sadhana of Mahamudra

December 27th

Our community gathers for this precious opportunity to practice the Sadhana of Mahamudra on the evenings of the new moon. All levels of students are warmly invited to participate, which is what makes this so special. Sadhanas are usually reserved for Vajr Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

The Bardos in Everyday Life Weekend Program

with Andrew Holecek

January 11th—January 12th (2020)

We will explore the bardo principle and its vast application in daily life. Once we open our eyes to them, bardos are everywhere — and the spaciousness of that recognition invites liberation. Continue »