Community

As a community, we seek 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 on realizing basic goodness and building 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

August 27th—December 17th

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 »

What is Whiteness? Exploring our White Cultural Conditioning with Sangha

with Lea Stotland & Rees Sweeney-Taylor

September 11th—November 20th

A 3-month, 6-session committed group using the principles and practices of Shambhala and of Karuna Training (contemplative psychology) as a support for looking directly and compassionately at our own experience of race and whiteness. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

with Shastri Sandra Ladley

December 3rd—February 4th (2018)

All community members and their families are invited to gather on the Sunday mornings close to the full moons to practice the Shambhala Sadhana. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

December 3rd

Open to all, including children. The Shambhala Sadhana is a meditation on one's basic goodness and the basic goodness of others and society. Once each month, we gather as a community to contemplate these themes together. Continue »

Family Practice Day

with Leslie Gossett

December 3rd

Families come together for practice, play, discussion, refreshments and community during Family Sundays. All ages are welcome to attend. We have some time together as a community and then we break into individual groups. Continue »

Children/Families

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

with Shastri Sandra Ladley

December 3rd—February 4th (2018)

All community members and their families are invited to gather on the Sunday mornings close to the full moons to practice the Shambhala Sadhana. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

December 3rd

Open to all, including children. The Shambhala Sadhana is a meditation on one's basic goodness and the basic goodness of others and society. Once each month, we gather as a community to contemplate these themes together. Continue »

Sunday Morning Children's Program

with Leslie Gossett

December 3rd—May 6th (2018)

On the first Sunday of the month, concurrent with Shambhala Sadhana and Welcome to Shambhala, we will offer a space of play, connection and trust where children can connect with their own inherent wisdom and kindness. Continue »

Family Practice Day

with Leslie Gossett

December 3rd

Families come together for practice, play, discussion, refreshments and community during Family Sundays. All ages are welcome to attend. We have some time together as a community and then we break into individual groups. Continue »

Regional Children's Day Celebration

December 17th

Children's Day itself marks the Winter Solstice, and a time we celebrate and acknowledge the light of the children in our community. This celebration is not only for families with young children, but for every member of our community. Continue »