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!

 

 


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. For more information please contact Nick Goncalves: juiceboxkids@gmail.com.

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: teacherty@gmail.com.

Open Public Sitting (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 PM and 7:45 PM, as well as on Sundays at 10:00 AM for meditation instruction, and/or at 11:00 AM for the dharma talk.

Childcare is provided on the 1st Sunday of the month from 9:30 AM -11 AM. 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 juiceboxkids@gmail.com.  Find how to get to our Shambhala Centre here.


Other regular programs:

Children’s Program

The Children’s Program will start Saturday, September 20th on Harvest of Peace. The program will continue 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.

  • For more information please contact Rhoda Climenhaga at rhodaclimenhaga@gmail.com or Nick Goncalves at shambhalaberkeley@gmail.com

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: bctherapy@aol.com

Upcoming gathering dates:

  • Thursday, September 25
  • Thursday, October 30
  • Thursday, November 20 (earlier in month to not compete with Thanksgiving holiday)
  • ThursdayDecember 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 bctherapy@aol.com


Introductory

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 »

Leading and Following

with Sarah Woodard & Henia Miedzinski

October 11th

An experiential workshop on leading and following in community. 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 »

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels I & II (San Francisco)

with Beth Latchis

November 8th—November 9th

Qigong helps build a strong foundation for sitting meditation. Participants will be introduced to several basic practices of qigong that include self-massage, stretching, standing postures, and meditation. Continue »

Transformation through Stillness: A Deep Winter Meditation Retreat

with Shastri Sandra Ladley & Shastri Charlene Leung

December 27th—January 3rd (2015)

Wintertime is a natural season of reflection and transformation; what better opportunity than around the relentless business of the holidays to look deeply within? Continue »