Update on Harvest of Peace and Our Firebird Fundraiser

This is an important time for Shambhala: we are actually manifesting many of the principles that we have so long held dear. But it is a time when these principles seem to be more and more needed in the world. I invite all of you to take these principles into your own life as your … Continue 

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Northern California Shambhala is seeking a Director of Marketing and Communications

Summary Description The Director of Marketing and Communications is responsible for the overall publicity of all Northern California Shambhala, Inc. (NCSI) events and initiatives within both the Shambhala and greater communities. They are responsible for maintaining an elegant, dignified and accurate representation of the Shambhala lineage through all forms of media, including NCSI websites, email … Continue 

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Berkeley Shambhala Voted “Best of East Bay 2017”

The Berkeley Shambhala Center was recently voted Best of the East Bay by the East Bay Express. Here’s what they have to say: Best Place to Think About Both Nothing and Everything at Once While Sitting on a Fancy Seat Cushion Berkeley Shambhala Let’s face it: Achieving everlasting enlightenment is probably not going to happen … Continue 

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Christ on the Cushion

When I was a child, my parents sent me to Catholic schools. This was both a blessing and a curse. It was a blessing because I received a wonderful, college preparatory education that did indeed prepare me to go to college. I loved college. I also loved Christ. Like seriously. I was in love with … Continue 

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What Makes a Deleg Work?

It’s the evening of Shambhala Day, and nine people are gathered around the dining table of Dekyong Barbara Creech in Walnut Creek. She asks each of us to share, one by one, our aspirations for the Year of the Fire Bird. There are a couple of typically Western resolutions, such as working out more, but … Continue 

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Dancing with Self-doubt Uncovered a Valuable Audience

My body and I have not always been on the best of terms. For most of my life, ignoring the anxiety, fear and self-doubt that I faced in my day-to-day was a second full-time job. I constantly looked to my colleagues to determine which face to put forward in different settings. Work meeting? That’s confident, … Continue 

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I-Ching Reading for 2017 – Year of the Firebird

I-Ching reading for the Berkeley Shambhala Center, 2017, year of the Firebird Following Sakyong Mipham’s Shambhala Day address, March 27, 2017, eight of us walked from Inspiration Point in Tilden Park to Wildcat Peak for the annual I-Ching reading for the Berkeley Shambhala Center: BSC Director Rees Sweeny-Taylor, Shastri Charlene Leung, Andrea Roth, Christine Nesbitt, … Continue 

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Unraveling oppression and white privilege starts here

“But all our phrasing—race relations, racial chasm, racial justice, racial profiling, white privilege, even white supremacy—serves to obscure that racism is a visceral experience, that it dislodges brains, blocks airways, rips muscle, extracts organs, cracks bones, breaks teeth. You must never look away from this. You must always remember that the sociology, the history, the … Continue 

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