Community

As a community, Berkeley Shambhala seeks to be diverse, caring, and to have an impact on our larger society and world. We welcome all people of all races, religions, countries of origin, sexual orientations, genders, and abilities. We aspire to create spaces that are brave and safe enough for all to participate in them.

Our members and friends include dedicated senior teachers who have walked the Shambhala Buddhist path for many years, and enthusiastic newcomers who are just discovering our teachings about realizing basic goodness and manifesting enlightened society.

Children and families are welcome to come for meditation instruction or discussion on Wednesdays at 7:00 or 7:45pm or on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. for meditation instruction and/or at 11:30 a.m. for our dharma talk. At this time, we are not providing childcare in a formal fashion. We recommend that you bring a quiet project for you child to work on during the instruction or talk. They can sit on a cushion near you or at the back of the meditation room. For more information, or if you would like to help start a family and children’s program, please contact us at <shambhalaberkeley@gmail.com>.


Community Events

Sadhana of Mahamudra

January 29th—December 16th

This Vajrayana practice is open to everyone and is a means of overcoming obstacles in one's practice and life. The Sadhana consists of brief silent meditation, chanting, and mantra recitation. Continue »

Community Shambhala Sadhana

August 5th—January 6th (2019)

The Shambhala Sadhana is a chanting and visualization practice that deepens our personal and social connection with basic goodness. Written in English, it powerfully and simply communicates the essence of basic goodness and enlightened society. Continue »

True Perception Dharma Study Group

October 14th—December 16th

A study group for the teachings of True Perception by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche Continue »

Shambhala Weekthün: A Winter Refuge Retreat

with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson & Acharya Charlene Leung

December 27th—January 2nd (2019)

Gather in community, reflect on our lives, and set aspirations for the year to come.The week will include sitting meditation, walking meditation, talks by the teachers, individual meditation meetings with an instructor, movement periods, as well as lunch Continue »