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 public sitting hours:
Sunday Open House: Sundays from 9 AM-12 PM; includes silent meditation session and chanting at 9:00, meditation instruction at 10:00, and a dharma talk or group discussion at 11:00.
Wednesday Practice Night: Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 PM; 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Public Sitting (for those with an established practice – no instruction is available):
- Monday evening: 7:00-8:00 PM (contact Scott Tracy, email@example.com)
- Friday evening: 6:30-7:30 PM (contact Martha Roberts, firstname.lastname@example.org)
For more information please contact Nick Goncalves at email@example.com.
Find how to get to our Shambhala Centre here.
Tuesday and Thursday co-working and community space:
Ashe Café: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 PM-6 PM. Modeled on Bay Area co-working spaces such as Impact Hub or Workshop Cafe, Ashe Cafe is an opportunity for members and core volunteers to make use of our Center for more than just weeknight and weekend programs. Located in the heart of downtown Berkeley, only a five minute walk from BART, our Center has 3,700 square feet of beautiful meditation rooms and work spaces. Members enjoy free printing, WiFi, tea, and a space to collaborate, work individually, or break up the business day with sitting meditation. Come hang out!
Other regular programs:
The Children’s Program will start on September 28th, and will be held every Sunday thereafter until December 21st (Winter solstice, and Children’s Day).
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. While the adult sit is going on, adults will create a space for children which will involve mindfulness activities, stories, songs, meditation practice and instruction, games and play time, art projects, and simply the 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.
Parents are encouraged to bring their children or grandchildren to take part in this opportunity.
This event is free and open to the public; donations are requested for supplies for the program – $10 per family suggested donation.
Children Age 3 and up are welcome to attend on their own; parents of children under 3, should contact us for more information.
Go here for a detailed activity schedule and sample activities.
Full Moon No Clouds: A Shambhala Art Study Group
Calling all artists and art appreciators! Please join us the last Thursday of each month, from 7–9:30 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 art appreciators and fellow humans.
No experience or artistic talent required.
$5 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 and Tyler Thompson.
For more information please contact Karen Pearle at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming gathering dates:
- Thursday, September 25
- Thursday, October 30
- Thursday, November 20 (earlier in month to not compete with Thanksgiving holiday)
- Thursday, December 18 (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
This group meets from 6PM-8:30 PM the first Wednesday of each month. Each meeting will start with sitting meditation, watching videos or reading from Pema’s teachings, followed with a discussion of the teachings and how they apply to our everyday lives. Newcomers are always welcome. No previous meditation experience necessary.
$5-10 suggested donation
Questions? Contact Karen at email@example.com