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 Jon Ransohoff

November 5th

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

November 5th

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 »

Illuminating the Sun and Moon: Exploring Vows in Everyday Practice

with Shastri Sandra Ladley & Chinh Nguyen

November 9th—December 14th

This class will draw closely on the text, "The Vow: Illuminating the Sun and Moon," by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and teachings from Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Pema Chodron, to explore the Refuge, Bodhisattva, Shambhala and Enlightened Society Vows. Continue »

Children/Families

Regional Enlightened Society Gathering

with Acharya Alan Schwartz, Shastri Charlene Leung, Cody McGough, Kelsey Blackwell

October 21st

Join our Regional Shambhala leadership for a day of enlightened society as we practice the Shambhala Sadhana, hear fresh teachings from our senior teachers, re-orient our view of what Shambhala can be, and explore together as a community using open space Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

with Jon Ransohoff

November 5th

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

November 5th

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 »

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 »