All Berkeley Shambhala program and practice sessions are currently online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Programs for Northern California USA Region

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Four Dignities Study Group

February 22nd—March 29th

The foundation teachings on the dignities (Tiger, Lion, Garuda and Dragon) are integral to the Shambhala path at all levels. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Secret Beyond Thought Talk One Video

with Gaylon Ferguson

February 25th—March 31st

Video Recording from The February 20 talk on the Four Karmas by Gaylon Ferguson Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Waking Up In The Dark Age: May the Path Clarify Confusion

with Acharya Richard John

March 13th

The Four Dharmas of Gampopa is one of the most elegant pith instructions describing the dynamic process of the buddhist path. Each of the Four Dharmas contains practice advice that is accessible and free of intellectual speculation, and yet relevant. Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Contentment in Everyday Life—A Five-Week Online Course

with Robert Fox & Susan Gluck

March 16th—April 13th

In Contentment in Everyday Life, meditation experience is deepened through the cultivation of contentment and simplicity. This class is open to all. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Resilience in the Time of Chaos: Awakening Heart

with Irv Kirschbaum

March 20th

Join us in this time when meditation and teachings on resiliance just may be more helpful than ever! Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Secret Beyond Thought: The Second of a Four Part Series on the Four Karmas

with Gaylon Ferguson

April 10th

The second talk in a four-part series on the four Karmas taken from a transcript of a public seminar taught by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in February 1971. Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Crazy Wisdom Book Study with Jesse Miller

with Jesse Miller

April 15th—June 10th

A collaborative book study of Crazy Wisdom, a collection by Chogyam Trungpa. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II

with Lyle Larson & Kathryn Rile

April 24th—April 25th

Cultivate the willingness to observe your cocoon of habitual fear and defense mechanisms through meditation practice. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

A Morning with Jakusho Kwong-Roshi

April 24th

Join us as we welcome Jakusho Kwong-roshi, a dear decades-long friend to our Shambhala community, for this morning talk. Continue »

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

Joy in Everyday Life

with Kathryn Rile

May 11th—June 8th

Through an exploration of the Buddhist teachings on intelligent compassion towards others, we begin to discover the joy of discipline, health and bravery. Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Waking Up in the Dark Age: May Confusion Dawn as Wisdom

with Acharya Richard John

May 15th

The Four Dharmas of Gampopa is one of the most elegant pith instructions describing the dynamic process of the buddhist path. Each of the Four Dharmas contains practice advice that is accessible and free of intellectual speculation, and yet relevant. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Mahamudra: Origins, Universality, and Practices

with Jay Lippman

May 29th

This restricted program is open to Shambhala vajrayana practitioners. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Secret Beyond Thought: The Third of a Four Part Series on the Four Karmas

with Gaylon Ferguson

June 12th

The third talk in a four-part series on the four Karmas taken from a transcript of a public seminar taught by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in February 1971. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Warrior In The World: Shambhala Training Level III

with Shastri Joanne Martin Braun

June 19th—June 26th

Trusting further in basic goodness and daring to experience the sharp edge of reality, we move forward with gentleness, increased awareness, and inquisitiveness about the world. We find that we can extend ourselves to others fully and with kindness. Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

July 22nd—August 19th

Through an exploration of the Buddhist teachings of mind and the nature of reality, we learn to see clearly. We dare to face life and death as they are. The meditator, open to uncertainty, goes beyond the emotions of hope and fear to experience equanimity Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Secret Beyond Thought: The Fourth of a Four Part Series on the Four Karmas

with Gaylon Ferguson

August 7th

The fourth talk in a four-part series on the four Karmas taken from a transcript of a public seminar taught by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in February 1971. Continue »