Beautiful seasonal photo with message: Spark your heart and mind through the practice of meditation.

Shambhala Vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature can be developed in daily life so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society.


Wednesday Open House Dharma Nights

After the 7pm meditation practice, we will be reading and discussing a chapter in the book The Shambhala Principle by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. All are welcome. Meditation instruction available at 7pm. More →

Andrew Holecek, author and teacher

Andrew Holecek Dream Yoga Weekend Program

Sleeping and dreaming provide a precious opportunity for psychological growth and spiritual awakening. Coming January 14-15 2017! We’re very pleased to once again host Buddhist teacher and author, Andrew Holecek who will teach this weekend workshop based on his latest book, Dream Yoga. More →


First Sundays: Ongoing study of Pema Chödrön’s meditation instructions

We continue utilizing Pema Chödrön’s book How to Meditate as a springboard to explore and deepen our practice and to work with our own minds. All are welcome to join us in this exploration. More →

Santa Rosa Shambhala shrine room

Ongoing Offerings

Our center offers several weekly offerings free to the public, including public sitting meditation hours and dharma talks. No prior meditation experience required to attend. All are welcome. More →

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New to Shambhala?

Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Learn about our vision, lineage & community. More →


Give to our Harvest of Peace Campaign

We invite your support of this year’s Harvest of Peace Campaign. We are raising money to support Shambhala, in Santa Rosa and all over the world. All funds raised in this campaign go toward our Center Relocation Fund and to our annual commitment to global Shambhala. More →

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Simply Being: a Winter Meditation Weekthun

December 27 to January 2 (2017). A Wintertime weekthun with Acharya Alan Schwartz, Shastri Sandra Ladley and Jesse Miller at Berkeley Shambhala Center. Open to all. Shamatha (sitting meditation) and Vajrayana tracks will be available. More →

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Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

A monthly gathering for this chanting and visualization practice written by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. The Shambhala Sadhana powerfully and simply communicates the essence of basic goodness and enlightened society. More →

2016-2017 Way of Shambhala Trainings

Shambhala offers an extensive structured path of training in authentic meditation practices and teachings for people who are interested in pursuing such a path. The name of this path is The Way of Shambhala. For a simple introduction, consider a day-long workshop, a course or a weekend program. Check out the many offerings throughout the Northern California Shambhala mandala.

Featured Programs

Shambhala Sadhana Full Moon Community Practice

August 21st—December 11th

The Shambhala Sadhana is simple and quite powerful in its direct approach to basic goodness and is open to all Shambhala community members and friends. Continue »

Children's Day Solstice Celebration [at Sonoma Shambhala]

December 18th

All are invited to join with the Sonoma Shambhala sangha to celebrate the Winter Solstice! Continue »

Fully Alive: A Retreat With Pema Chodron on Living Beautifully With Uncertainty and Change

with Barbara Hirschfeld

January 4th—February 8th (2017)

In this recorded retreat, taught by Pema Chödrön and her teaching assistant, Meg Wheatley and facilitated live by Barbara Hirschfeld, provide a wealth of wisdom for learning to step right into the river of change and uncertainty. Continue »

Dream Yoga Weekend Program

with Andrew Holecek

January 14th—January 15th (2017)

We're very pleased to be once again hosting Andrew Holecek who will be teaching this weekend workshop based on his latest book, "Dream Yoga." Continue »

Contentment In Everyday Life

with Barbara Hirschfeld & Irv Kirschbaum

January 29th—February 12th (2017)

Contentment can be hard to find. Much of the time we search for contentment in things, achievements or relationships. With meditation and contemplation practice, we learn we can relax with ourselves as we are and appreciate simple human experience. Continue »

Warrior In The World: Shambhala Training Level III

with Joanne Henn

March 11th—March 12th (2017)

Becoming a warrior in the Shambhala tradition means developing the courage to meet life's challenges with openness and strength. Continue »

Awakened Heart: Shambhala Training Level IV

with Jesse Miller

September 23rd—September 24th (2017)

In Shambhala Training Level IV, we learn how to awaken and open our hearts so that we can communicate fully with the world. Continue »