Spark 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.

 

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Enlightened Society Leadership Training- Berkeley

Next program begins Thursday, September 4th, 2014, and ends on Thursday, December 18th, 2014.

Enlightened or awake society begins with personal transformation, training and leadership from each individual.

Deadline for submissions is August 31st, 2014

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Way of Shambhala Level I: The Art of Being Human Sept 6-7, Berkeley

symbol gomdenwith Acharya Alan Schwartz

Discover basic goodness in the world and ourselves.

Through the practice of meditation, we begin to glimpse that goodness is the unconditional ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings.

This weekend workshop will include meditation instruction, sitting and walking meditation, discussion groups, talks, and question and answer sessions. The Art of Being Human is the first of a series of five weekend workshops. This weekend retreat is open to the public.

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Shambhala Art Retreat- All Five Levels

Saturday July 26, 7 – 9 pm, Opening Talk “Coming to Our Senses,” open to the public, $20

Please register separately for the opening night talk.

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Sunday July 27 through Friday August 1, 9 – 6 pm

 This Shambhala Art retreat will provide an opportunity for artists and non-artistsalike to experience creativity and its genuine expression in all aspects of our lives.  The retreat will include teachings, meditation, awareness exercises, and creative and group processes that help to unlock a non-conceptual sense of expression that is available to all.In many traditions, artists train not only in their discipline; they also train in awareness, confidence, and compassion.  The program draws on the teachings on the creative process developed by the Tibetan meditation teacher, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who said of artists, “You could play a tremendous role in developing peace throughout the world.” This training builds our capacity to do so and to share it with others.  The training will close with a celebratory reception, “graduation,” and presentation of pins.

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Featured Programs

Shambhala Art Retreat: All Five Parts

with Shastri Sandra Ladley & Anne Saitzyk

July 26th—August 1st

This Shambhala Art retreat will provide an opportunity for artists and non-artists alike to experience creativity and its genuine expression in all aspects of our lives. Continue »

Shambhala Art opening talk: Coming To Our Senses

with Shastri Sandra Ladley & Anne Saitzyk

July 26th

Shambhala Art opening talk: Coming To Our Senses Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Acharya Alan Schwartz

September 6th—September 7th

Discover basic goodness in the world and ourselves. Through the practice of meditation, we begin to glimpse that goodness is the unconditional ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential Continue »

Meditation in Everyday Life

September 16th—October 14th

Have you ever been curious about meditation? This course provides introductory tools and teachings for working with meditation in everyday life. With simple instructions and support, mindfulness meditation practice can become part of one's life, revealing Continue »

Level II: Birth of the Warrior

October 18th—October 19th

Level II: Birth of the Warrior Having experienced a taste of basic goodness, we want to go forward. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. We begin to appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle Continue »

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  • Berkeley Shambhala I Ching casting for 2014, year of the Wood Horse

    ‘It takes a community to look up.’- from the Sakyong’s Shambhala Day address, 2014 Sunday afternoon, Shambhala Day, March 2, thirteen members of the BSC met at Inspiration Point in Tilden Park and trekked to Wildcat Peak for the annual consultation of the I-Ching. We made eighteen coin tosses in clusters of three, creating six … Continue