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.


Art + LifeArt + Life Retreat: Shambhala Art Program 1-5 with Shastri Sandra Ladley & Susan Dever

July 22 to 28 | See details for program times

A non-residential retreat at the Berkeley Shambhala Center that will include all five parts of the Shambhala Art training program.

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.  The retreat includes teachings, meditation, awareness exercises, plus creative and group processes that help unlock a non-conceptual sense of expression that is available to us all. The Friday night talk on the 22nd is open to the public.

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Radical DharmaRadical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation, a Book Reading with Rev. angel Kyodo williams

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.

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Qigong Levels I & IIQigong Levels I and II with Shastri David Stone

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.

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Mudra Space AwarenessRadical Embodiment: A Mudra Space Awareness Practice Session with Greg Heffron

Sunday, July 24th | 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. | Tantra Shrine Room

Greg is returning again to Berkeley to offer an evening of Mudra Space Awareness Practice. This practice is a powerful mind-body meditative discipline unique to the Shambhala lineage that is rarely taught or practiced. We are often disconnected from our bodies, relating to them primarily through thinking, and leaving out what we are actually feeling. This practice helps us move out of this disengagement into embodied awareness. All are welcome!

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Lojong SlogansLojong (Mind Training) Talk: “Taking Responsibility for Your Own Actions” with Sarah Woodard

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.

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Karuna 250Introduction to Contemplative Psychology with Acharya Melissa Moore

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.

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