Ongoing Offerings

Open public sitting hours: Our center offers a rich array of weekly ongoing offerings that are FREE and open to the public.  No prior meditation experience is necessary to attend these, and there is no need to register or phone ahead—please just come. :-) Open House Sundays from 9:00am-12pm; includes silent meditation session and chanting at 9:00, meditation instruction at 10:00, and a dharma talk or group discussion at 11:00. For more information please contact Nick Goncalves: Practice Night Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm; includes instruction at 6:30, silent meditation (including walking meditation) from 7:00-7:45, a reading and group discussion at 7:45 and refreshments beginning at 8:15. For more information, please contact Tyler Thompson: Open Public Sitting hours (for those with an established practice – no instruction is available)

Children and families are welcome to come for meditation instruction or discussion on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., as well as on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. for meditation instruction, and/or at 11:00 a.m. for the dharma talk. Childcare is provided on the 1st Sunday of the month from 9:30AM-11AM. If there is no childcare, we recommend that you bring a quiet project for you child to work on during the instruction or talk. They can sit on a cushion near you or at the back of the meditation room. For more information please contact Nick Goncalves at Find how to get to our Shambhala Centre here.   Other regular programs: Full Moon No Clouds : A Shambhala Art study group

Calling all artists and art appreciators!

Please join us the last Friday of each month, from 7–9 PM in the main meditation hall / shrine room to explore the creative process through meditation, contemplation, art appreciation, and self-expression.

For poets, writers, dancers, musicians, sculptors, painters, filmmakers, photographers, puppeteers, et al., as well as artappreciators and fellow humans.

No experience or artistic talent required.     

$5-10 suggested donation.

Among other elements we will include at our gathering:

  • Dharma art reading and discussion

  • Exploration of the relationship between meditation and the creative process

  • Contemplating obstacles to creativity and how we relate to obstacles as they arise

  • Sharing how and where we find inspiration

  • Optional offerings: original exhibitions, performances, presentations

Coordinators: Karen Pearle, Robert Fox, and Tyler Thompson.  

For more information please contact Karen Pearle at:

Friday, June 27

Friday, July 25

Friday, August 29

Friday, September 26

Friday, October 31 Friday, November 28

Friday, December 19 (earlier in month, to not compete with Christmas holiday)
Pema Chodron Study Group

“When you open yourself to the continually changing, impermanent, dynamic nature of your own being and of reality, you increase your capacity to love and care about other people and your capacity to not be afraid. You’re able to keep your eyes open, your heart open, and your mind open.” – Pema Chodron

At our meetings, we will start with sitting meditation, watch videos or read from Pema’s teachings, and discuss the teachings and how they apply to our everyday lives. Newcomers are always welcome. No previous meditation experience necessary.

$5-$10 suggested donation

We meet from 6PM-8:30PM first wednesday of each month.

Questions? Contact Karen at


Pema Chodron Study Group

August 6th—December 3rd

"When you open yourself to the continually changing, impermanent, dynamic nature of your own being and of reality, you increase your capacity to love and care about other people and your capacity to not be afraid. You're able to keep your eyes open, your Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Acharya Alan Schwartz

September 5th—September 7th

Discover basic goodness in the world and ourselves. Through the practice of meditation, we begin to glimpse that goodness is the unconditional ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential Continue »

Being Brave: Widening the Circle of Concern

with Shastri Charlene Leung

September 10th

Join us on the second Wednesday of each month for a talk and exploration led by senior students of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Continue »

The Six Ways of Ruling

with Shastri Amy Conway

October 11th

The Six Ways of Ruling are unique teachings on society and leadership. They are a distinctive aspect of Shambhala wisdom on creating enlightened society. Continue »

Teaching Mindfulness to Youth: a Diverse Exploration (San Francisco)

October 18th

Join Bay Area luminaries for a one day workshop to deepen the wisdom and skills necessary for teaching mindfulness and compassion to diverse populations of youth. Continue »