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 [at] gmail [dot] com>.


Community Events

Sadhana of Kindness: Day of Transmission and Practice

with Irvin Kirschbaum & Susie Cook

March 28th

The Sadhana of Kindness is a short liturgy invoking the moon of kindness in our heart as the basis for establishing enlightened society. Continue »

Save the Date! Miksang Contemplative Photography Level 1

with Susan Stoddard

May 16th—May 17th

Miksang, or “good eye” in Tibetan, is a process of learning to synchronize mind and body by allowing one to open to the world around us without labeling or evaluating. Continue »

Radical Responsibility: A Summer Meditation Retreat

with Acharya Fleet Maull

June 13th—June 19th

Whether you are a newcomer to meditation or a long-time practitioner, this retreat is the perfect opportunity to settle into a week of deep meditation and reflection. During this retreat we will explore simple yet powerful tools for connecting with our in Continue »