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@gmail.com>.


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 »

Community Shambhala Sadhana

August 5th—January 6th (2019)

The Shambhala Sadhana is a chanting and visualization practice that deepens our personal and social connection with basic goodness. Written in English, it powerfully and simply communicates the essence of basic goodness and enlightened society. Continue »

Harvest of Peace

September 22nd

Everyone is welcome to attend this seasonal celebration of or community! Enriching our center with practice, kindness, and community interaction. Continue »

A Touch of the Tao in Your Work and Home

with Eva Wong

November 10th

A workshop on how to create space that embodies the spirit of yin and yang, the elements, the beauty of the seasons, and elegance of simplicity. Learn how to bring the spirit of nature into moving around your work space and home. Continue »

Being Strategically Kind

with Eva Wong

November 11th

How to work with challenging environments in a non-aggressive, kind, and cooperative way. In this workshop, we will use principles of strategy outlined in Sunzi’s Art of War to plan and execute actions that are both wise and kind. Continue »