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.
Wednesdays, Aug. 31st to Sept. 28th | 7 to 8:30 p.m.
“By making a deep connection to the present moment and understanding our mind through the practice of meditation, we learn to make friends with ourselves.”
In this five-week course we will practice experiencing what happens when we stop avoiding ourselves and the present moment and practice simply being with whatever is going on in our lives. By the end of the program you’ll be equipped with tools to establish your own meditation practice. New and experienced students are warmly invited to this class.
The Shambhala teachings empower all human beings as leaders with the capacity to shift society towards human goodness. If you are new to Shambhala, the Enlightened Society Leadership Training is a wonderful gateway to explore the teachings of basic goodness and enlightened society.
For the duration of the program, participants receive a meditation instructor, and all classes at the Center, and many offerings at our other regional centers, are free of cost. In return, trainees pledge 15 hours of monthly volunteer service in capacities aligned with their interests and the Center’s needs. Each participant is also paired with a mentor—a leader at the Center – who supports the participant in their service. The fall 2016 program begins on Sept. 29th and concludes in early December.
We offer several of opportunities for you to join us in practice. Free and open to the public, both new and experienced practitioners are welcome.
- Sunday Morning Meditation: 10 AM to Noon
- Tuesdays at Oakland Shambhala: 8 to 9:30 PM
- Wednesday Open House: 7 to 8:30 PM (tea offered 8:30 to 9 PM)
- Monday Evenings: 7 to 8 PM
- Friday Evenings: 7 to 8 PM
Sunday, August 28 | 10 a.m. to Noon
Join us for the final of a series of five dharma talks that have focused on the teachings on lojong, or training the mind. Lojong are essential teachings on developing genuine compassion on the path of meditation.
Saturday, Sept. 10 | 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Shambhala Center members and leaders are invited to join us for this daylong UNtraining Experience. The UNtraining is a provocative and compassionate approach designed to help us discover how to work together in extraordinary ways to end our collusion with racism and internalized oppression. In an atmosphere of basic goodness, the UNtraining provides insights and practices to help us become more aware of how our social conditioning impacts ourselves and others. This awareness can give us more clarity and choice as we follow the path of creating Enlightened Society. Join us for a rich and challenging day! Both white and people of color are welcome!
Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m. | September 13 to October 11
Over a series of five Tuesdays, come learn how we can work with our anxiety so we are not blocked by fear. Through an exploration of the Buddhist teachings of mind and the nature of reality, we can learn to see clearly. We dare to face life and death as they are. Opening to uncertainty, we can go beyond the emotions of hope and fear to experience equanimity. This program is part of a series of interactive workshops where we train in meditation, using inquiry, dialogue, and contemplative arts to uncover the confidence we were born with.