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

A Year of Deepening in Compassion

April 7th—October 20th

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 »

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

June 23rd—December 22nd

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 »

Help Build Tiny Homes with Youth Spirit Artworks!

September 21st—October 5th

The Berkeley Shambhala Center has been invited to join a team of interfaith volunteers who will be helping to build fourteen homes over the course of three weekends in August and September. Continue »

Harvest of Peace Celebration

September 29th

Community celebration event, honouring the turning of the seasons with the sharing of practice, food, and conversation. Continue »

Song of Experience—Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Tibet

with Acharya Richard John

November 8th—November 10th

This song of realization, called "Don't Wander!" is profound and pithy guide to the Buddhist path in only five lines. This weekend program is open to all practitioners, new and senior, who wishes to deepen their understanding and practice of meditation on Continue »