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.
Wed., Aug. 3 | 6:15 to 8:30 in San Francisco
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.
The authors traveled around the country to spark an open conversation that brings together the Black prophetic tradition and the wisdom of the Dharma. Bridging the world of spirit and activism, they urge a compassionate response to the systemic, state-sanctioned violence and oppression that has persisted against black people since the slave era. Please note this program is in San Francisco.
August 13 & 14| See program details for times
Skillful communication and compassionate exchange as an expression of our intrinsic sanity.
This day-and-a-half program introduces you to Contemplative Psychology and Karuna Training. It is a stand-alone class, with no prerequisites. If you’d like a taste of meditation and Buddhist wisdom, and to learn about the background and experiential methods of contemplative psychology, this class is for you. After the introduction, if you wish to continue studying and practicing, you can sign-up for the two year course that will begin in October of 2016 in Berkeley, CA.
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, July 31 | 10 a.m. to Noon
Join us for the first of a series of five dharma talks with senior Shambhala Buddhist teachers that will be held the last Sunday of each month through August. The series will focus on the teachings on lojong, or training the mind, which are essential teachings on developing genuine compassion on the path of meditation.
During the Sundays between each talk, we will also read selections from Pema Chodron’s Start Where You Are, which goes through Lojong, slogan by slogan.
August 20 and 21 | 9 AM to 5 PM
Join us for a rare opportunity to receive instruction in two unique qigong lineages, neither of which have previously been fully transmitted to students in the West. Qigong is designed to cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through Taoist practices that integrate movement, breath, and qi (internal energy) to promote health and longevity.
Now accepting applications for fall 2016
The Shambhala teachings empower all human beings—regardless of their sphere of activity—as leaders with the capacity to shift society towards human goodness. If you are new to Shambhala, this training is a wonderful gateway to explore the teachings of basic goodness and enlightened society.
For the duration of the program, each participant receives a meditation instructor and all classes at the Center, and many offerings at our other regional centers, free of cost. In return, leadership trainees pledge 15 hours of service each month at the Center, from greeting people at Open House, to outreach and members’ stewardship. 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.