Programs for Northern California USA Region

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

A Year of Deepening in Compassion

April 7th—October 6th

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 »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Help Build Tiny Homes with Youth Spirit Artworks!

August 17th—September 8th

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 »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Shambhala Sadhana

August 18th—September 15th

On or near the full moon, we gather as a community throughout Shambhala to practice the Shambhala Sadhana. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Diversity & Inclusivity - A Day of Practice for Members - Working with Whiteness

with Janet Ryvlin & Denise Blanc

August 25th

Please join us for this day of exploring together the experience and habits of mind that permeate diversity & inclusivity in our culture of white priviledge. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Sensory Awareness

August 31st

This exploration of sensory awareness practice helps to more closely synchronize mind and body through a series of gentle exercises. Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Lojong Slogan Practice Class (Mind Training) with Jesse Miller

with Jesse Miller

September 5th—September 26th

Four weeks of study and contemplation with Jesse Miller on the Lojong Mind Trainings. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Rites of Passage: A Contemplative Retreat for 8-11 Year Olds

with Leslie Gossett

September 6th—September 14th

Rites of Passage marks and honors the transition that occurs in children at age 8 to 11. The program will take place at a lovely group campsite in the redwoods, near San Francisco. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Weekend II: Birth of the Warrior

with Michael Ratener & Kathryn Rile

September 7th—September 8th

Having experienced a taste of basic goodness in the first weekend program, we want to go forward. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Reborn in Tibet

September 10th

Lee Weingrad, co-founder of the Berkeley Shambhala Center & active supporter of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s Tibetan community will show and discuss the dharma Sagara Clinic at Surmang, and a message from the 12th Trungpa Rinpoche Chokyi Sengay Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Reclaiming Women's Stories in Buddhism

with Acharya Holly Gayley

September 13th—September 14th

Buddhist stories of women have seeped into the shadows of history. Returning these stories into the light enriches our understanding of dharma. And, these stories are vital for people of all genders to help restore a balance that we can incorporate into o Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Friday Evening Talk Only—Reclaiming Women's Stories in Buddhism

with Acharya Holly Gayley

September 13th

Explore the lives of women meditation practitioners from different times and places in Buddhist history. Their stories of resilience and accomplishment can give us insight into how to use challenge, disappointment, and loss as fuel along the path of liber Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Rites of Passage: Ceremony and Community Celebration

with Leslie Gossett & Shastri Manuel Medeiros

September 14th

Friends and family of the participants as well as members of the Shambhala and Bay Area community are invited to attend the closing ceremony for the program. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Vajrayana Circle

with Acharya Holly Gayley

September 15th

Vajrayana practitioners will gather to deepen our exploration of the themes from this weekend through stories of women in terma lineages in eastern Tibet. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

White Tara: A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times

with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

September 20th—September 22nd

This weekend video course introduces the short daily practice of White Tara, one of the most famous bodhisattvas of compassion in Tibetan Buddhism. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Warrior In The World: Shambhala Training Level III

with Shastri Joanne Martin Braun & Jesse Miller

September 21st—September 22nd

Developing fearlessness by examining our habitual tendencies, we begin to open and engage the world directly extending this attitude of fearlessness to our everyday activities. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

The Five Wisdoms Energies - A Yogic Practice

with Irini Rockwell

September 21st—September 22nd

Please join us for a day of discovering the Five Wisdoms within ourselves, each other and in our lives together. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Varjayana Retreat

with Acharya Christie Cashman

October 5th—October 9th

This is a restricted program—those who have been to a Sacred World Assembly, Rigden Abhisheka, or Scorpion Seal Assemblies are welcome to attend. Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Basic Goodness 1: Who Am I?

with Acharya Adam Lobel & Barbara Hirschfeld

November 14th—January 9th (2020)

When we sit in meditation, and notice the fluidity of what we once thought was our solid self, the question naturally arises, "Who am I?" This course offers a six-session journey around that question, and includes meditation instruction, discussion group Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Warrior in the World: Shambhala Training III

with Charity Martin

December 7th—December 8th

Developing fearlessness by examining our habitual tendencies, we begin to open and engage the world directly extending this attitude of fearlessness to our everyday activities. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Sadhana of Mahamudra

December 27th

Our community gathers for this precious opportunity to practice the Sadhana of Mahamudra on the evenings of the new moon. All levels of students are warmly invited to participate, which is what makes this so special. Sadhanas are usually reserved for Vajr Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

The Bardos in Everyday Life Weekend Program

with Andrew Holecek

January 12th—January 13th (2020)

We will explore the bardo principle and its vast application in daily life. Once we open our eyes to them, bardos are everywhere — and the spaciousness of that recognition invites liberation. Continue »