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 <>.

Community Events

Sadhana of Mahamudra

January 29th—October 16th

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: A Monthly Discussion Series

with Lea Stotland

March 16th—August 17th

An ongoing, monthly discussion series, for those who identify as White, to support deep work toward understanding how race and whiteness operate within ourselves, our communities, and beyond. Continue »

Summer Weekthun: Community Meditation and Contemplative Arts Retreat

with Shastri Sandra Ladley

August 25th—August 31st

Newcomers and experienced students are both welcome at this week-long meditation retreat. We will support each other in maintaining the joyful discipline of retreat in community. Continue »