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

Community Shambhala Sadhana

January 6th—December 1st

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 »

True Perception Dharma Study Group

January 20th—June 16th

A study group for the teachings of True Perception by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Drop-ins welcome Continue »

A Year of Deepening in Compassion

February 17th—April 21st

The path of the Bodhisattva Warrior begins with developing affection for ourselves and expands this to others, dissolving the barriers that divide us. To support this practice, the Shambhala Acharyas have offered to lead the community in a year long serie Continue »

Jakusho Kwong Roshi and Nyoze Demian Kwong in Conversation about the Buddhist Student-Teacher Relationship

March 29th

Kwong-roshi and Byoze Demian Kwong, of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center, speak to us about the student/teacher relationship in Buddhism. Continue »

Youth Spirit Artworks & Community Engagement Team Meeting

March 31st

A presentation from Youth Spirit Artworks about their Tiny House Village project, followed by a meeting of BSC’s new Community Engagement Team. Continue »