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The Berkeley Shambhala Center is meeting online and hosting online programs during this COVID-19 outbreak. 

Spark your heart and mind through the practice of meditation.

Shambhala Vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature can be developed in daily life so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society.

Join us for a free Shambhala Open House to meditate, connect with community, and develop mindful-awareness & compassion.

Social Presencing Theater is an innovative social art form that brings the teachings of Shambhala Art into the context of personal reflection and the ego-to-eco system social change paradigm.

Participants will cultivate embodied personal presence through body-based mindfulness practices; and develop skill in creating healthy, coherent and generative ‘social bodies’ and social fabric through heightened space awareness.

Through the use of both non-verbal techniques and dialogue to inquire into “stuck” situations, we can make underlying patterns more visible. We can illuminate both the current reality and the emerging future possibilities. This supports the ability to access fresh insights, prototype creative paths to transformation, and develop skills for effective and compassionate leadership in the systems and communities we care about most.

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The Early Writings of Chögyam Trungpa

With Rob Ward
September 14th through October 5th
From 7 to 8 PM

Please join us for a survey of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s earliest Western writings from Meditation in Action, Mudra, and the Garuda series among others. Discover (or rediscover) Buddhadharma without credentials, dharmas without blame, manure on the field of bodhi, the original article on spiritual materialism, commentary on the Zen Oxherding pictures, and talks to the early community.

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A Morning with Jakusho Kwong-Roshi

Saturday, September 26th from 10 to 11:30 AM

Please join us this Saturday morning for a talk and discussion with Jakusho Kwong-roshi, the founder and Abbot of the Sonoma Mountain Zen Center.

Jakusho Kwong-roshi, founder and residing abbot of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center, has taught Zen students in the United States and Europe for over 40 years. He is a successor in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki-roshi and author of Breath Sweeps Mind: The Intimate Heart of Zen and No Beginning, No End. He is also a dear decades-long friend to the Shambhala sangha.

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Smile at Fear Part Three: Riding the Energy of Windhorse—Online Book Study Group

with Jesse Miller & Cynthia Morin
Tuesday Evenings August 25th through September 29th

Please join us for a mutual contemplation and discussion of Chögyam Trungpa’s profound teachings on working with fear and fearlessness. We will be reading from Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery. All are welcome. Drop-ins okay.

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Pema Chödron

The Wisdom of Pema Chödrön: a Study Group

First Wednesday of Every Month  from  6:30 to 8:30 PM

Join us as we delve into the brilliant teachings of Pema Chödrön in the Pema Chödrön Study Group. With warmth and humor Pema helps us to lift the barriers to being the radiant self that we really are.

The Pema group has been a source of inspiration and learning at Berkeley Shambhala for over 15 years. We are an open group. All are welcome. There are no prerequisites.

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