Weekly and Monthly Offerings

Berkeley Shambhala hosts weekly and monthly ongoing offerings that are free and open to the public. Meditation instruction is available online by appointment or at our in-person Wednesday evening meditation offering. For more information please contact shambhalaberkeley [at] gmail [dot] com

Weekly Open Public Sitting: online & in-person options

For those with some meditation experience:

  • Online Open House Sunday morning 10:00 to 11:30 am
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    (Currently only on 1st & 3rd Sundays ). Meditation instruction sometimes available during these Sunday sessions.
  • In-person Tuesday morning and afternoon open sitting
    9:30 to 11:00 am and 12:15 to 1:45 pm
    People are welcome to arrive and leave to suit their own personal schedule; there are no timed sessions.
  • In-person Friday morning open sitting
    9:00 am to noon
    People are welcome to arrive and leave to suit their own personal schedule; there are no timed sessions. Come sit and meditate in our beautiful, historic shrine room, read from our large library of dharma books, have spontaneous discussions, and share a cup of tea.

In-person meditation instruction available at in-person sitting practice:

  • Weekly in-person Wednesday evening sitting practice 7:00 to 8:30 pm
    (Currently paused — when it starts up again dates will be on the monthly calendar)
    Sitting/walking meditation, followed by discussion and tea. Meditation instruction available.

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Our sittings are sometimes canceled when they conflicts with large programs or holidays. All donations support the center & its offerings.

For questions and further information, please contact Jesse Miller at shambhalaberkeley [at] gmail [dot] com


Monthly Regular Programs

The Sadhana of Mahamudra (Zoom)

1st Mondays from 7:00 to 8:00 pm 

The Sadhana of Mahamudra is a practice written by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the founder of Shambhala, while he was on retreat in Bhutan in 1968.

The practice involves recitation of the sadhana text and periods of silent meditation. The text is full of vivid imagery which may at first seem strange. As with all dharma teachings, understanding develops through patience and contemplation. So we encourage newcomers to come in and experience how a sadhana practice feels. Simply recite the words and relax into the atmosphere that it creates. The chant leader is available to answer any questions and will give a brief explanation of how to do the practice before it begins.

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photo of Pema Chodron Pema Chödrön 2nd Mondays Discussion Group (Zoom)

2nd Mondays from 7:00 to 8:30 pm 

Come study and practice together! This drop-in gathering began in January 2023, and continues each month on the second Monday at 7:00-8:30 pm (Pacific Time). Join us for a lively online discussion of Pema Chödrön’s works.

Sessions will open with a short period of meditation. Selected pages from a book will be screen shared via Zoom, and read aloud. The reading will be interspersed with interactive reflection and discussion. All are warmly welcome, drop-ins too!

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