Weekly and Monthly Offerings

Our center offers a rich array of weekly and monthly ongoing offerings that are FREE and open to the public.  No prior meditation experience is necessary to attend these, and there is no need to register or phone ahead—please just come!

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Introductory Programs:

Welcome to Shambhala: Every first Saturday, 10:00-11:30 AM

“Welcome to Shambhala” is a monthly opportunity for newcomers to learn the practice of meditation from one of our senior instructors. We also explore the connection between meditation and everyday life, introducing the core Shambhala principles of basic goodness and creating enlightened society.

The morning includes an overview of our history, some discussion about our community and path as well as guided meditation. A short tour is also offered, followed by socializing and refreshments. This is a great way to get a flavor of Shambhala Buddhism and to find out what opportunities there are for practice, study, and community.

There is no need to register. All are welcome. A $5-10 donation is appreciated.
Zoom link here!

Wednesday Practice Night, Every 3rd Wednesday from 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Berkeley Shambhala Center Community Gatherings: Opening The Circle
As we shelter in place and adapt to rapid changes in our lives and wait … How can we keep from losing heart, feeling isolated, and draw on our inner and outer resources?  How can we support each other as community during such a fearful, painful and tenuous time?
The Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center warmly invites you for Weekly Meditation, Dharma Inspiration and Check-in & Support from 7 to 8:30 pm via ZOOM. These gatherings will be hosted by the Berkeley Leadership Team and other community members.


Open Public Sitting

(for those with an established practice – no instruction is available):

  • Sunday morning: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Join Zoom Meeting
  • Monday evening: 7:00-8:00 PM (CANCELLED TEMPORARILY)
  • Friday evening: 7:00-8:00 PM (CANCELLED TEMPORARILY)

For more information please contact shambhala [dot] berkeley [at] gmail [dot] com

Our sittings are sometimes canceled when they conflicts with large programs or holidays. Please check our homepage for any cancellations.

Find how to get to our Shambhala Centre here.

Monthly regular programs:


The Wisdom of Pema Chödrön: a Study Group on Zoom

(We meet on the first Wednesday of every month)

Join us as we delve into the brilliant teachings of Pema Chodron in the Pema Chödrön Study Group. With warmth and humor Pema helps us to lift the barriers to being the radiant self that we really are.

The Pema group has been a source of inspiration and learning at Berkeley Shambhala for over 15 years. We are an open group. All are welcome. There are no prerequisites.

Our goal is to deepen our understanding of Pema’s teachings, her insights, and deep knowing, and how they apply to our everyday lives.

In each meeting we begin with an introduction and a guided meditation.  Then we take turns reading aloud from a book by Pema.  (The text will be visible on Zoom.) We read slowly, taking time for discussion throughout our meeting.  It is this heartfelt sharing that makes our meetings so vital and rich!

More than ever, Pema’s teachings are relevant and profoundly helpful in this time of great change

$5-10 suggested donation

Questions? Contact Karen at bctherapy [at] aol [dot] com

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6754105229?pwd=TzBmRlBqbGd1N1RFUjRnejhjR3cvUT09