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.


Healing OppressionHealing Personal & Social Oppression with Shastri Charlene Leung & Caren Ohlson

Wednesday, July 8 | 6:30 to 9:00 PM

We’ve inherited a world plagued with social injustices: income inequality, environmental imbalance, racial profiling, sexism, homophobia, to name a few. Understanding how these complex systems operate, let alone doing something about it, can feel overwhelming.

In this engaging Wednesday Practice Night talk, Shastri Charlene Leung and Caren Ohlson will explore how we’ve all been trained at an early age to participate in this world of inequities and how we can all be untrained. This talk is free and open to all.

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Being a FriendBeing a Friend to Yourself and Others with Acharya Emily Bower

July 18 and 19 | San Francisco | See program details for times

In the Buddhist tradition, lovingkindness is not just a feeling, but a way of being present with ourselves and others. Kindness and compassion are important aspects of being awake and present in our life. But for many of us, self-doubt undermines our confidence and we forget that kindness begins with one’s self.

This program is for busy people who carry responsibilities, small and large, in their personal and/or professional lives. It offers practical tools and support for anyone who feels challenged by their personal, professional, community, and spiritual commitments.

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Diversity & Cultural HumilityDiversity and Cultural Humility in Enlightened Society with Shastri Charlene Leung & Bob Pressnall

Saturday, July 18th | 9:30 AM to 5 PM

The Bay Area is known for its richness and diversity. Our natural
make-up of different peoples and geography make this a fertile ground for
exploring the potential of diversity in enlightened society. Knowing where we come from is the basis for developing cultural humility and inclusiveness, the foundation of enlightened society.

Join us for this day long program exploring diversity and cultural humility and how they relate to creating enlightened society. We will engage in meditation practice, experiential exercises, discussion, and celebration.

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View and Practice of the Bodhisattva PathView and Practice of the Bodhisattva Path with Jesse Miller & Lea Barrow

Thursdays, 7 to 9 PM | July 23 to August 27

“The basic Mahayana vision is to work for the benefit of others and create a situation that will benefit others.”

“The obstacle to becoming a Mahayanist is not having enough sympathy for others and for oneself – that is the basic point.  And that problem can be dealt with by practical training, which is known as lojong practice, ‘training the mind’.” ~Chogyam Trungpa, Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving Kindness

Please join us for a  contemplative exploration of the Mahayana path.  This class is intended for those who aspire to or have already taken the Bodhisattva Vow.  While far from a comprehensive study, the class is meant to further inspire our path through a hands-on engagement with the teachings and practices of the Mahayana.

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    Going Beyond Denial

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