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.
May Goodness Be All-Victorious: A One Week Urban Retreat with Shastri Manuel Medeiros & Shastri Joanne Martin Braun
July 9 to July 15 | See program details for times
May Goodness Be All-Victorious: Personal Transformation and Societal Transformation
Sakyong Mipham teaches that societal transformation and personal transformation are inseparable. This weeklong meditation program will explore this inseparability through practice, study, and group activities. Shamatha (sitting meditation) and Vajrayana tracks will be available. We will begin each day by practicing the Shambhala Sadhana together. Material from the Basic Goodness II Class, How Can I Help, will be incorporated. Evening activities may include community outings to enrich our exploration. Early bird discount for registrations received by June 9th.
Sunday, May 29 | 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.
Saturday, June 4th | 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
“When you express gentleness and precision in your environment, then real brilliance and power can descend onto that situation.” – Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche emphasizes how understanding the forms and their meanings reveals their life and potency. It is through knowing and understanding these forms that we can begin to experience and be a culture of no mistake.
In this workshop, we will learn the ritual forms associated with being an Umdze, Tibetan for “chant leader” or “master of liturgies.” The Tibetan which conveys a sense of mastery. We should feel confident about these details when we take our seat and lead a gathering in meditation.
June 18 & 19| 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.
May 20 to 22 | Starts the evening of the 20th
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. Prerequisite: Level II Shambhala Training.
Thursdays, 7 to 9:30 PM | June 2nd to 30th
The course is designed for people who are interested in learning how meditation can aid them in creating a genuine expression in any medium, whether music, visual arts, writing, gardening, etc. or just creating a meaningful life. It is an introduction to Shambhala Art™ and will include exercises, discussion and meditation instruction.