Programs for Northern California USA Region

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Community Shambhala Sadhana

January 6th—December 1st

The Shambhala Sadhana is a chanting and visualization practice that deepens our personal and social connection with basic goodness. Written in English, it powerfully and simply communicates the essence of basic goodness and enlightened society. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Once Monthly Community Practice & Potluck - Supplication to Tara

with Shastri Joanne Braun

January 10th—August 1st

Community Practice & Potluck evenings are a time to come together in community to celebrate and strengthen our understanding of basic goodness and enlightened society. Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Pema Chodrön on Death and Dying - *NEW DATES*

with Sarah Woodard

January 17th—April 18th

We will be studying materials from Pema Chodrön on death and dying and the bardos in between. We will be watching a video teaching by Pema each week followed by discussion. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

A Year of Deepening in Compassion

February 17th—April 21st

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 »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Diversity & Inclusivity

with Janet Ryvlin

February 24th—March 24th

Please join us for this day of exploring together the experience and habits of mind that permeate diversity & inclusivity in our culture. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Kindness of Body, Speech and Mind

with Jan Beange, Elvia Garcia, Lyle Larson

March 14th—March 28th

How to apply the path of Shambhala to the challenges of our hyper-polarized and frenetic world Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Five Wisdoms with Irini Rockwell

March 24th

An introduction to the traditional Tibetan Buddhist teachings known as the Five Wisdom Families also known as the Five Buddha Families. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Jakusho Kwong Roshi and Nyoze Demian Kwong in Conversation about the Buddhist Student-Teacher Relationship

March 29th

Kwong-roshi and Byoze Demian Kwong, of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center, speak to us about the student/teacher relationship in Buddhism. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Member's Community Meeting

March 31st

Members please join us in this conversation regarding the future of our center. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Buddhism and Gender: Glimpsing into and beyond Patriarchy

with Acharya Holly Gayley & Acharya Charlene Leung

April 5th

This evening dialogue explores social constructions of gender in Buddhist sources and in contemporary society to unpack sex and gender, understand the hierarchies and inequities built around them, and glimpse how we might go beyond such limiting factors. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Resilience, Compassion, and the Feminine Principle in Buddhism

with Acharya Holly Gayley

April 6th—April 7th

This weekend explores the journey to liberation, both personal and social, as moving into discomfort and the shadow aspects of our life to recover wholeness and integrity. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

The Five Wisdoms Energies - A Yogic Practice

with Irini Rockwell

April 27th—April 28th

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

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

The Truth of Suffering with Jesse Miller

May 2nd—June 13th

This will be a six week study group based on "The Truth of Suffering and the Path of Liberation" by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Summer Meditation Retreat: Aspiring and Entering the Bodhisattva Path

with Acharya Melissa Moore

June 8th—June 14th

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE NORCAL SUMMER WEEKTHUN! Gather in community, reflect on our lives, and set aspirations for the year to come.The week will include sitting meditation, walking meditation, talks by the teachers, individual meditation meetings with an i Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Varjayana Retreat

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 »

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 »