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.


Sit-a-ThonSitting For Society 2014
A Sit-A-Thon To Support the Berkeley Shambhala Cente


Supporting the Berkeley Sit-A-Thon will help our center continue to offer meditation, enriching programs, and community-strengthening events. Help us raise our reach-goal of $50,000 by Thanksgiving by signing up to sit, sponsoring a sitter, or becoming a sponsor.

Whether $5 or $500, every contribution counts!

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Level 3 250

Level III: Warrior in the World with Megan Murphy

December 5 to 7 | Starts the evening of the 5th

In this level we examine our habitual tendencies and develop the fearlessness needed to experience our life without relying on the cocoon of past habits. Beginning to engage the world directly, we extend this attitude of fearlessness to all of our activities. Along this journey we continue to develop genuine confidence, humor and personal dignity.

Developing fearlessness by examining our habitual tendencies, we are willing to experience our life without relying on the cocoon. We begin to engage the world directly and extend the attitude of fearlessness to our activities.

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Weekthun 250

Transformation through Stillness: A Deep Winter Meditation Retreat

December 27, 2014 – January 3, 2015 | 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM (most days; see retreat page for details)

This week-long community meditation retreat at the Berkeley Shambhala Center will include meditation, body awareness, talks, personal interviews and group discussion.  Come whether you are new to meditation or a seasoned practitioner.  Come for a day, a few days, or the whole week.

All are welcome including Shamatha, Shambhala Sadhana, Ngondro, Werma, Scorpion Seal, Vajrayogini and Chakrasamvara practititioners.  Each day we will begin and end together, and there will be Shamatha and Vajrayana tracks of teaching, group practice, and support.

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Children's Program 250

Children’s Program

Sundays through Dec. 21st | 9:45 to Noon

The children’s program provides a time where children and adults can practice together, as well as engage in their separate practices. During the adult sit, adults create a space for children that incorporates a variety of mindfulness activities, creating a space for children to engage in and create their own sense of community with each other. Adults and children begin and end the morning together in the shrine room.

This event is free and open to the public. Parents are encouraged to bring their children or grandchildren to take part in this opportunity.

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