All San Francisco Shambhala program and practice sessions are currently online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Programs for Northern California USA Region

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Mind and Its World: Shamatha & Vipashyana Practice

with Lodro Sangpo

October 9th—October 30th

In this class, we will cover the embodied mind, the five skandas and the mind's perceptions including the environment.  Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

No Laughing Matter: Comedians of Color Tell It Like It Is

with Janet Ryvlin & Denise Blanc

October 23rd

By viewing short videos from comedians of color, we will look at how unconscious viewpoints within our white society create a barrier that prevents us from understanding and seeing systemic racism and the glaring inequities in our culture. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Saturday Morning with Jakusho Kwong-roshi

October 30th

Roshi will be giving a talk on the Poem by the Zen Master, Tozan Ryokai Zenji which was referenced by Suzuki Roshi, in "Zen Mind Beginner's Mind. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

What Can We Rely On? Advice from the Buddha and Atisha

with Acharya Richard John

November 6th—November 7th

The Four Reliances is the Buddha's heart advice to students who find themselves confused about who and what to trust to guide their path. The instructions are clear, simple and precise, and immensely helpful in times of chaos.  Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

The Mahamudra Pith Instructions of Tashi Namgyal

with Acharya Richard John

November 8th

This is a restricted program for tantrikas. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Chariot of Mahamudra

with Acharya Richard John

November 13th—November 14th

We will deepen the practices of meditation to look at the mind and sense perceptions, with emphasis on direct personal experience. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Knowing What Has Been Pointed Out

with Acharya Richard John

November 15th—November 17th

This program is restricted to tantrikas. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Open Sky: Shambhala Training Level V

with Acharya Richard John

November 19th—November 21st

Communicating with the world gently and fearlessly, our awareness is sharpened and we find the open clear sky of mind—a delightful source of wisdom and uplifted energy. We learn to trust our nature enough to let go into the present moment. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Living in the Challenge with Courage and Compassion: A Winter Meditation Retreat

with Holly Gayley

December 27th—January 2nd (2022)

Winter is the natural time of year to gather in community, reflect on our lives, and set aspirations for the year to come. Whether you are a newcomer to meditation or a long-time practitioner, this retreat is the perfect opportunity to do just that. Continue »