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:

Art of Being HumanShambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human with Acharya Alan Schwartz

February 10th to 12th | See program details for times

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. This weekend retreat is open to the public, and the Friday night talk is free with no obligation to attend the rest of the weekend. Come learn about what Shambhala Training is all about!

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Radical DharmaRadical 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. As the culmination to this book study course, Berkeley Shambhala Center is planning to host Rev. angel Kyodo williams Friday evening, March 24 and all day Saturday March 25. This book study class will include a live, online option if you live at a distance.

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4-dignities Harnessing the Power of The Four Dignities in Difficult Times with Acharya Melissa Moore

Tuesday, Jan. 31| 8 to 9:30 p.m. | Oakland Shambhala

There is a natural order and harmony to this world, which we can discover. But we cannot just study that order scientifically or measure it mathematically. We have to feel it—in our bones, in our hearts, in our minds. –Chögyam Trungpa

We live in a time of much heartbreak. From overwhelming societal injustices to our own personal struggles to secure happiness, the obstacles of our world can lead us to feel isolated and hopeless. How can the Shambhala teachings help us navigate the pain we feel? Is it possible that all aspects of our daily lives and society—family, commerce, education, the arts—can be permeated with a sense of sacredness? Oakland Shambhala is delighted to host senior teacher Archarya Melissa Moore who will introduce the Shambhala Path of Warriorship and share how the profound teachings of the four dignities might help us approach our daily life and our modern society as opportunities for both contemplative practice and social action.

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Mudra Space AwarenessMudra Space Awareness with Greg Heffron

Sunday, Jan. 29th | 6 to 8:30 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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