Berkeley Shambhala program and practice sessions are mostly online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some in-person offerings are occurring including Tuesday afternoons and the occasional Saturday. Please review our calendar for details.

Programs for US: Northern California Region

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Igniting the Heart: Awakening Compassion to Transform Your World

with Pema Chödron

February 11th—April 28th

Are you tired of being hooked by your emotions? Join us for this online course with Pema Chödrön and Tim Olmsted to explore how emotions manifest in our lives and how to move fluidly through them without getting caught. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Earth, Water, Fire and All the Elements: Reading the Sadhana of Mahamudra as if for the First Time

March 21st—April 25th

The Sadhana of Mahamudra was received by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1968 when he was in retreat seeking inspiration for how to present the dharma in the West. The sadhana brings together the highest and most profound teachings of mahamudra and ati. With Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Awakened Heart: Shambhala Level IV

with Barbara Hirschfeld & Susan Gluck

April 20th—April 21st

With trust in basic goodness and daring to experience the sharp edge of reality, we move forward with gentleness, increased awareness, and inquisitiveness about the world, as it is. We can extend ourselves to others fully and with kindness. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Regional Werma Feast (In-Person)

April 28th

This restricted program is for advanced practitioners who have received the lung for this Feast liturgy. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: 8-Week Program

with Cynthia Morin

April 30th—June 25th

Mindfulness-based stress reduction is an eight-week program that offers secular, intensive mindfulness training to assist people with stress, anxiety, depression and pain. Continue »

Northern California Shambhala

Profound Simplicity: Essentials for the Path, from Beginning to End

with Richard John

May 4th—May 5th

Some of the most crucial and powerful dharma teachings are the so-called “preliminaries” for establishing one's path of Dharma. The retreat will consist of teachings, Q&A, and practice of these three profound sets of teachings. Continue »

Northern California Shambhala

The Power of Presence with Others

with Eve Rosenthal

May 18th

In this troubled world, how can we connect with our heart and not be overwhelmed? It takes bravery and a strong intention to cultivate compassion for others rather than meeting difficulty with aggression or turning away. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level 2

with Michael Ratener

June 1st—June 2nd

Having experienced a taste of basic goodness in Level 1, we want to go forward. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habit. Continue »

Northern California Shambhala

Refuge & Bodhisattva Vows

with Gaylon Ferguson

June 22nd—June 23rd

This June, we are delighted to announce that there will be an opportunity to take the Refuge Vow & Bodhisattva Vow with preceptor Gaylon Ferguson in-person at the Berkeley Shambhala Center. Continue »

Northern California Shambhala

Summer Retreat: Mind at Ease: Self-Liberation Through Mahamudra Meditation

with Gaylon Ferguson

June 28th—July 2nd

In this five-day group retreat — open to all practitioners, we will follow the teachings and practices outlined in Traleg Rinpoche’s profound text Mind at Ease: Self-liberation through Mahamudra Meditation. Continue »