Letter from some Shambhala Acharyas

Dear community, Recently, a letter from some Shambhala Acharyas was released to the Shambhala community. In this recent letter, the included acharyas voice their views about the relationships between Shambhala, the Sakyong, and his students. This group does not claim to represent any official view or knowledge of the Shambhala organization, its leadership or its … Continue 

Dharma Brats Letter

Dear community, Recently, a letter from the self-called Dharma Brats was sent to the Sakyong after the Piigrimage Letter went out (see previous blog post for details). In this recent letter, the dharma brats voice their views about the relationships between Shambhala, the Sakyong, and his students. This group was organized outside of any official … Continue 

Pilgrimage Letter

Dear community, Recently, a letter from a small group of students who organized a pilgrimage to Nepal (March 2020) to practice with the Sakyong was circulated among some Shambhala members. In it, they voiced their views about the relationships between Shambhala, the Sakyong, and his students. This group was organized outside of any official Shambhala … Continue 

Note on Now from Sandra

Wednesday March 18, 2020 Note on Now from Shastri Sandra Ladley Dear Berkeley Center Friends, As I sit here sheltered, ingesting rapidly changing news, and adapting to a new normal I wanted to share a little ‘Note on Now’ and a reminder from the Buddhist teachings. I invite others who may want to share a … Continue 

Vajrayana Programs (updated regularly)

Vajrayana programs hosted at the Berkeley Shambhala Center will be shown here!    

Leadership Team Minutes

Dear sangha, The Leadership Team of the Berkeley Shambhala Center will be sharing the minutes from our meetings here. Any questions, comments, or concerns can be sent to JoshuaRaen Thornberry, manager [at] berkeleyshambhala [dot] org This google folder is available for review of the meeting’s minutes. To see only the most recent minutes, click here

Resolution from the Northern California Shambhala Board of Directors and Leadership Regarding the Separation of Children from Their Parents at the United States Border

Family is sacred to Shambhala Buddhism. Family holds the wisdom of our ancestors, a wisdom that enriches us and that can be handed down to future generations. Family is kin, the root of the word “kindness.” Shambhala Buddhism takes as its path the creation of an enlightened society, the most intimate form of which is … Continue 

New Center and Practice Leadership Announced

The Berkeley Shambhala Director Search Committee announces with great delight the appointment of Arelly Sanchez-Shackett as new Center Director. In addition it is announced that Elena Oxman has been appointed Interim Director of Practice and Education by outgoing Center Director Rees Sweeny-Taylor. Ms. Oxman steps up after six months of brilliant service as Way of … Continue 

Job Posting: Center Manager

  Summary Description The Berkeley Shambhala Center, part of the Northern California region, is seeking a part-time Center Manager, who will collaborate with our Interim Director of Practice and Education, Elena Oxman, and report to our incoming Center Director, Arelly Sanchez-Shackett. We seek an individual who understands and embodies the Shambhala vision and feels inspired … Continue 

People of Color Meditation Launching June 12th!

When space is created for People of Color to come together in community and friendship it can be healing and restorative. In collaboration with Oakland Shambhala, we are excited to offer such a space where in addition to fellowship, POC might find nourishment and inspiration in the Shambhala teachings and practice of meditation. This evening … Continue