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

Pema Chodron Class on The Five Skandhas (Note: Dates Have Changed)

July 11th—August 15th

A five Thursdays class of Pema, on video, teaching on the five skandhas. July 10 Note: the dates have changed. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Deepening in Compassion: Video Talks with Acharyas

July 14th—August 18th

Our series will begin with The Four Immeasurables: The Tiger, Friendly to Self & Merciful to Other. Join us for this series of teachings on deepening in compassion. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

The Fragrance of Emptiness —A Book-Study Class Exploring The Heart Sutra

with Bruce Dal Santo

July 16th—August 3rd

The Heart Sutra is of the most beloved and inspiring texts in the Buddhist canon. Join us in this book-study class exploring to broaden our perception of the world and challenge our assumptions about the nature of reality. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Diversity & Inclusivity - A Day of Practice for Members - Working with Whiteness

with Janet Ryvlin & Denise Blanc

August 25th

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

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Rites of Passage: A Contemplative Retreat for 8-11 Year Olds

with Leslie Gossett

September 6th—September 14th

Rites of Passage marks and honors the transition that occurs in children at age 8 to 11. The program will take place at a lovely group campsite in the redwoods, near San Francisco. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Reclaiming Women's Stories in Buddhism

with Acharya Holly Gayley

September 13th—September 14th

Buddhist stories of women have seeped into the shadows of history. Returning these stories into the light enriches our understanding of dharma. And, these stories are vital for people of all genders to help restore a balance that we can incorporate into o Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Rites of Passage: Ceremony and Community Celebration

with Leslie Gossett & Shastri Manuel Medeiros

September 14th

Friends and family of the participants as well as members of the Shambhala and Bay Area community are invited to attend the closing ceremony for the program. 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 »

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 »

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 »