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 hosted by senior students of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche at 11:00. An informal reception with refreshments follows the dharma talk. Open House is sometimes canceled when it conflicts with large programs. Please check our calendar to make sure it is happening.

Wednesday Practice Night: Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 PM; includes instruction at 6:30, silent meditation (including walking meditation) from 6:30-7:30, a reading and group discussion at 7:30 and refreshments beginning at 8:15. NOTE: Starting February 10, 2016, both sitting practice and meditation instruction will begin at 7 PM (sitting is in the main meditation hall and meditation instruction is usually in the small meditation room unless otherwise noted when you arrive).

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

  • Monday evening: 7:00-8:00 PM
  • Friday evening: 6:30-7:30 PM

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

Find how to get to our Shambhala Centre here.


Oakland Shambhala Meditation Weekly Practice Night: Tuesdays from 8 to 11 PM, the Ziji Collective and other Shambhala members host meditation instruction, sitting, and discussion. Located in the Temescal Arts Center at 511 48th Street in Oakland, learn more about Oakland Shambhala Meditation 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:

Children’s Program

The Children’s Program will be held every second Sunday of the month unless otherwise announced.

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


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


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 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:


Introductory

Pema Chodron Study Group

August 5th—April 6th

"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 »

Level I The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Charlene Leung

February 12th—February 14th

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Continue »

Begin at the Beginning: Foundations of Buddhist Practice

with Sarah Woodard & Lea Barrow

February 25th—April 21st

Based on the Ocean of Dharma, Volume 1: The Path of Individual Liberation, this course will combine periods of learning and periods of sitting, with an emphasis on the experience of shamatha/vipshayana meditation and the foundations of mindfulness. Continue »

Three-yana Community Practice Day

February 28th

Please join members and friends of the Berkeley Shambhala Center as we practice meditation from 9-5 Continue »

Level IV Awakened Heart

with Megan Murphy

March 4th—March 6th

Prerequisite: Level III Warrior in the World With trust in basic goodness and daring to experience the sharp edge of reality, we move forward with gentleness, increased awareness, and inquisitiveness about the world, as it is. Continue »