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

Smile at Fear Part Three: Riding the Energy of Windhorse—Online Book Study Group

with Jesse Miller & Cynthia Morin

August 25th—September 29th

Please join us for a mutual contemplation and discussion of Chogyam Trungpa's profound teachings on working with fear and fearlessness. We will be reading from Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery. Continue »

The Early Writings of Chogyam Trungpa

with Robert Ward

September 14th—October 5th

A four-week survey of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's earliest Western writings from Meditation in Action, Mudra, and the Garuda series among others. Continue »

A Morning with Jakusho Kwong-Roshi

September 26th

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

Social Presencing Theater

with Acharya Arawana Hayashi

October 3rd—October 4th

Social Presencing Theater is an innovative social art form that brings the teachings of Shambhala Art into the context of personal reflection and the ego-to-eco system social change paradigm. Continue »