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 

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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 

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People of Color Meditation Group 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 

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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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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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