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.


Sakyong Art 250

Full Moon No Clouds
Monthly Art Gathering

September 25th | 7 to 9:30 PM

Join our monthly gathering for artists, art appreciators, and fellow humans. No experience or artistic talent required. Our next gathering is Thursday, September 25th from 7 to 9:30 PM in the main shrine room. We will enjoy contemplation, sharing, conversation, and refreshments.

He felt that painting, poetry, music, and dance are ways we can come into contact with our goodness.  – Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

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Children's Program 250

Children’s Program

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

The children’s program is designed to be a time where children and adults can practice together and also engage in their own separate practices. During the adult sit, adults will create a space for children that will involve mindfulness activities such as stories, songs, meditation practice, play, art projects, and space for the children to engage in and create their own sense of community with each other. We will begin and end the morning with adults and children together in the shrine room.

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

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

November 22nd | 7 AM to 7 PM

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

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Fall Talk Series

Fall Talk Series

October 15th | 7 to 9 PM

This fall, on the second Wednesday of each month, we are offering talks led by some of our longstanding practitioners and teachers.

Our next talk on October 15th, titled “Growing Up: Getting Old and Getting Young“, will be led by Bob Pressnall.

This event is free and open to the public. Please join us!

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Featured Programs

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Jonathan Ransohoff & Kathryn Rile

September 16th—October 14th

Have you ever been curious about meditation? This course provides introductory tools and teachings for working with meditation in everyday life. With simple instructions and support, mindfulness meditation practice can become part of one's life, revealing Continue »

Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior

with John Osajima & Raana Bastani

September 25th—October 23rd

A six week book study class based on Chogyam Trungpa's seminal work. Continue »

Inviting Magic: The Art of Leadership & Creating Brilliant Environments (San Francisco)

with Joanne Martin Braun

September 27th

A day-long leadership training in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. This workshop is part of a series that provides skills and trainings in support of the path of contemplative leadership. How we lead our lives in households and in families, at work an Continue »

Leading and Following

with Sarah Woodard

October 11th

An experiential workshop on leading and following in community. Continue »

Teen Program Kickstarter (San Fransico)

October 11th

Please join 12 to 18 year olds for pizza and conversation as we explore creating a regular teen program within Northern California Shambhala Continue »

Level II: Birth of the Warrior

with Raana Bastani

October 18th—October 19th

Level II: Birth of the Warrior Having experienced a taste of basic goodness, we want to go forward. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. We begin to appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle Continue »

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