Ongoing Offerings

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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!

Introductory Programs:

Welcome to Shambhala: Every first Sunday, 10:00-11:30 AM
“Welcome to Shambhala” is a monthly opportunity for newcomers to learn the practice of meditation from one of our senior instructors. We also explore the connection between meditation and everyday life, introducing the core Shambhala principles of basic goodness and creating enlightened society.

The morning includes an overview of our history, some discussion about our community and path as well as guided meditation. A short tour is also offered, followed by socializing and refreshments. This is a great way to get a flavor of Shambhala Buddhism and to find out what opportunities there are for practice, study, and community.

There is no need to register. All are welcome. A $5-10 donation is appreciated.

Open House: Every Wednesday, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Meditation instruction (usually held in the small meditation room), and silent sitting and walking meditation in the Meditation Hall are offered from 7:00-7:45 PM. Reading and group discussion follow until 8:30 PM. Tea and refreshments are offered in the Community Room afterward. NOTE: sitting is in the Meditation Hall and meditation instruction is usually in the small Meditation Room unless otherwise noted when you arrive. There will usually be someone at the top of the stairs to direct you to the correct room.

Oakland Shambhala Meditation: Every Tuesday, 8:00 – 9:30 PM

We host meditation instruction, sitting, and discussion at the Temescal Arts Center at 511 48th Street in Oakland. Learn more about Oakland Shambhala Meditation here.

Open Public Sitting (for those with an established practice – no instruction is available):

  • Sunday morning: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (a dharma talk is given every last Sunday)
  • Monday evening: 7:00-8:00 PM
  • Friday evening: 7:00-8:00 PM

For more information please contact

Find how to get to our Shambhala Centre here.

Other regular programs:

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

 Full Moon No Clouds: A Shambhala Art Study Group

Calling all artists and art appreciators! Please join us from 7–9:30 PM in the Meditation Hall 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:

Upcoming gathering dates:


Pema Chodron Study Group

December 7th

"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 »

Welcome to Shambhala: An Introduction to Meditation

January 1st (2017)

This monthly offering is a perfect gateway for newcomers to the practice of meditation and the core Shambhala teachings on basic human goodness and creating enlightened society. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Acharya Alan Schwartz

February 10th—February 12th (2017)

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 »