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.

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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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 →

Featured Programs

Overview of the Shambhala Buddhist Path and the Practice of Taking Refuge: One Day Seminar

with Jesse Miller

August 9th

An excellent opportunity to explore the Shambhala Buddhist path from the perspective of one of the Bay Area’s most knowledgeable and beloved teachers, and to investigate what it means to take refuge in general and at various points along that path. Continue »

Sitting, Tea & Conversation

August 16th

We'll follow our usual format of sitting at 9:30am (including Opening Chants) with meditation instruction available free of charge. After that, there will be an extended "Tea & Conversation" from 11 AM to noon. All are welcome. Continue »

Nyinthun: Daylong Meditation Retreat

with Steve Hoskins & Jesse Brunette

August 30th

To start our daylong retreat, we will follow our regular Sunday sitting format (opening chants, sitting and walking meditation) and also have a talk on the topic of the day. The day will include practice sessions, short talks, discussion and readings. Continue »

Way of Shambhala I: Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart

with Jesse Miller

September 12th—September 13th

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, as it is. Continue »

Death and the Art of Dying: The Karmic Bardo of Becoming

with Andrew Holecek

December 5th—December 6th

Join us as we take a plunge into the realms that await us in this bardo, learning how to transform obstacle into opportunity. Explore the many opportunities this bardo presents for spiritual development and we will also learn techniques to help those who Continue »

2015-2016 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, you can choose to sample a workshop, a course or a weekend (or several), at any time. Check out the many offerings throughout the Northern California Shambhala mandala.