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.


JizoChildren’s Day

December 21 | Noon to 3:00 PM

Family, friends, children, and playful adults are invited to share warmth, sustenance, and love on December 21, to mark winter’s awakening into spring.

By gathering around a special Children’s Day shrine, welcoming our king and queen, and creating the warming sun, we will have a delightful community event together.  Children are invited to bring a small wooden, or natural fiber animal toy to place on the shrine and, in the spirit of the celebration, please also bring a wrapped children’s toy as a gift.  These gifts are donated to children in need in the Bay Area, and are a wonderful way to teach our children to live with a sense of generosity.

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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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Winter WeekthunTransformation Through Stillness Winter Weekthun Talk and Reception with Sandra Ladley

December 27th | 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Taking time to reflect deeply in retreat can be transformative, revitalizing, and edifying.

Come to a reception and public talk that will open the Winter Retreat and explore how stillness and inquiry can be potent vehicles for finding true fulfillment in our lives.

All are welcome. There is a suggested $20 donation to attend. For those registered to attend at least 3 days of the retreat, the suggested donation is waived. The talk will be followed by an orientation for those attending the retreat.  There will also be an opportunity to sign up at that time.

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Enlightened Society Leadership

Starts February 2015 | Applications now accepted

In Shambhala, all of us are leaders- in our lives, our homes, our jobs, and our personal journeys. By working with our own minds and hearts, and cultivating our own sanity, we begin to transform our culture and create good human society. Leadership training in Shambhala has at it’s heart the aspiration to awaken our own bravery and compassion and learn to work with others with clarity, gentleness, and wisdom.

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