Ashe Mahamudra 150Spark your heart and mind through the practice of meditation.

Shambhala Vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature can be developed in daily life so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society.

Join us for a free Open House to meditate, connect with community, and develop mindful-awareness & compassion:

mudra-space-awarenessMudra Space Awareness with Greg Heffron

Sunday, Oct. 30th | 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Much of the time, we don’t relate to the body, even when it is crying out for our attention. Instead of relating to our actual body, we tend towards what Chogyam Trungpa called “psychosomatic body” — where we think about our bodily experience, rather than actually feeling embodied. This process is one of the main ways we disconnect from experience.

Mudra Space Awareness is a powerful mind-body meditative discipline unique to the Shambhala lineage, and is rarely taught or practiced. This workshop will introduce Mudra to those not familiar, and deepen it for those that are.

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meaning-of-deathThe Meaning of Death with Shastri Amy Conway and Rob Lee

Mondays, Nov. 7 to Dec. 12 | 7 to 9 p.m.

“We ask ‘What is the meaning of life?’ but have we considered the meaning of death? The counterpart of life is death. Have we considered that?” – Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

What does dying mean? What does living mean? Who is it that experiences living and dying? And what does Tibetan Buddhism teach us about working with these experiences? Those are the questions which will be explored in this six week course based on a seminar called “The Meaning of Death” taught by the Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1973. Participants will study several fundamental principles of Buddhism including impermanence, suffering, and egolessness.

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sangha-sundaysIntroducing Sangha Sundays

10:00 to noon | Each Sunday in October

Every Sunday in October will include opportunity for some of the special practices unique to the Shambhala community alongside our standard sitting practice. From the Sadhana of Mahamudra to Ashe Society, come deepen your practice with other sangha members.

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 sakyong-mipham-rinpochesRise Up: A Community Meeting with Rees Sweeney-Taylor

Saturday, Oct. 29th | 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“It’s time for everyone to come together and to rise up in this way and to bond.” –Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Harvest of Peace Address, 2016

At Harvest of Peace, we gave a brief introduction to the Berkeley Strategic Plan. This is an opportunity to explore that further and bring it to life as a community. We’ll also have a chance to discuss legal incoporation as a Northern California Shambhala Region and semi-Regional Financial Unification. All Shambhala members and leaders are invited to attend this event.

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WIELWisdom on Everyday Life with Bob Pressnall

Thursdays, Oct. 27 to Nov. 12 | 7 – 9 p.m.

No longer deterred or depressed by obstacles, we can include everything as part of the path. The challenges of daily life become opportunities for both contemplative practice and social action. Meditation sharpens our intelligence and uncovers our wisdom. Participants will receive practical instructions for discovering trust and magic, even in the midst of challenge. Prerequisite: Fearless in Everyday Life.

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Qigong Levels I & IIQigong Level III with Beth Latchis

November 12 to 13 | see program details for times

Qigong cultivates strength of body and calmness of mind through Taoist practices—integrating movement, breath, and internal energy to promote health and longevity.

Students will be introduced to traditional Outer and Inner Qigong from two traditional qigong systems—The Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School. Neither system has previously been taught outside of China or Hong Kong. Prerequisite: Level III is open to anyone who has already completed qigong Levels I & II with Eva Wong or one of her appointed instructors. The full completion of the Level III weekend is required to continue on to Level IV.

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    Harvest of Peace 2016

    Dear Sangha, On Sunday, September 25th, we held our annual Harvest of Peace at the Berkeley Shambhala Center. About forty community members gathered to mark the end of summer, celebrate what we have accomplished, and look ahead to the coming months. The Sakyong addressed us in a short talk, which you can watch here. We … Continue