August Update from the International Shambhala Board

Dear community, Recently, a letter from the International Shambhala Board was released to the Shambhala community. This letter is shared to the broader community based upon its strength of vision and honesty of intention. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   We should not give up: We are the children of the vajra world. We should sing the anthem of … Continue 

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 

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

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 

Meditation and Family – A Reflection

I’m a meditator in my mid-twenties who’s completed Level V of Shambhala Training workshops. So, I consider myself comfortably beyond the beginner stage of meditation (compared to where I was a few years ago), though I’ve studied and sat enough to know that what I don’t know is vast. What I noticed when going home … Continue 

Words for Love

Hello love, for you I have so many words.   -Ben Howard I have found that sitting practice has enhanced my love for the people, places, and things in my life. Some of my words for love: My wife Old friends New friends Wooly bear caterpillars Alfalfa fields Balancing rocks Listening Feeling heard My cats Guitar … Continue 

Berkeley Shambhala I Ching casting for 2014, year of the Wood Horse

‘It takes a community to look up.’- from the Sakyong’s Shambhala Day address, 2014 Sunday afternoon, Shambhala Day, March 2, thirteen members of the BSC met at Inspiration Point in Tilden Park and trekked to Wildcat Peak for the annual consultation of the I-Ching. We made eighteen coin tosses in clusters of three, creating six … Continue