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:
Mamo Chants: Clearing away obstacles to waking up
February 16th to 25th | 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Shambhala Day marks the end of one year’s cycle and the beginning of a new one. To dispel the karmic accumulation of personal, social, and environmental chaos at the year’s end, all students are encouraged to practice as much as possible in the period just before Shambhala Day. In particular, students are encouraged to recite the mamo chants together beginning eleven days before Shambhala Day.
The mamo chant is an elaborate protector offering traditionally recited from the twentieth through the twenty-ninthdays of the last lunar month of the Tibetan year. By reciting the chant, we tune into the protector principle of awareness and reconnect with sacred outlook.
February 27th | 7:30 AM to 2 p.m.
Shambhala Day is a time for us to express the wealth and richness of our spiritual and cultural heritage through feasting, conviviality, elegance and pomp. As is customary, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche addresses the worldwide Shambhala community through an online hook-up, which includes centers and groups from six continents and over thirty countries around the world.
This is also the time when members of the Berkeley Shambhala community are encouraged to make a financial donation order to help support the activities of our center and the worldwide mandala.
February 25th | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
During the days leading up to Shambhala Day, the mark of the Tibetan New Year, we clean out our karma and tidy our physical spaces. We avoid starting new projects, instead focusing on cleaning and refreshing one’s home and shrines in preparation for the coming year.
This year, we will gather at the Berkeley Shambhala Center for a thorough cleaning on Saturday, February 25th. Please join us for all or part of it. Also make sure you do refresh your shrine at home if you have one.
Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation with Shastri Charlene Leung, Robert Pressnall, Kelsey Blackwell
Thursdays, March 2nd to 30th | 7 to 9 p.m.
Igniting a long-overdue dialogue about how the legacy of racial injustice and white supremacy plays out in society at large and Buddhist communities in particular, this urgent call to action outlines a new dharma that takes into account the ways that racism and privilege prevent our collective awakening. This book study class will include a live, online option if you live at a distance.