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 [at] gmail [dot] com>.

Community Events

Miksang Photography 1 Class A

with Miriam Hall & Nicole Lionnet

February 26th—April 2nd

Looking and Seeing: an introduction to contemplative photography. Continue »

Waking Up In The Dark Age: May the Path Clarify Confusion

with Acharya Richard John

March 13th

The Four Dharmas of Gampopa is one of the most elegant pith instructions describing the dynamic process of the buddhist path. Each of the Four Dharmas contains practice advice that is accessible and free of intellectual speculation, and yet relevant. Continue »

Miksang Photography 1 Class B

with Miriam Hall & Nicole Lionnet

April 9th—June 18th

Looking and Seeing: an introduction to contemplative photography. Continue »

Secret Beyond Thought: The Second of a Four Part Series on the Four Karmas

with Gaylon Ferguson

April 10th

The second talk in a four-part series on the four Karmas taken from a transcript of a public seminar taught by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in February 1971. Continue »

A Morning with Jakusho Kwong-Roshi

April 24th

Join us as we welcome Jakusho Kwong-roshi, a dear decades-long friend to our Shambhala community, for this morning talk. Continue »