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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.

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Wednesday Open House Dharma Nights

After the 7pm meditation practice, we will be reading and discussing Chapter two, of the book The Shambhala Principle by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. All are welcome to join us for an evening of meditation and discussion. Meditation instruction available at 7pm. More →

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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 →

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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 →

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May Goodness Be All-Victorious: A One Week Urban Retreat

July 9-15. An urban weekthun with Shastri Manny Medeiros and Shastri Joanne Martin Braun at Berkeley Shambhala Center. Open to all. Early bird discount (register by June 9). 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 →

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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 →


Featured Programs

2nd Annual North Bay Midsummer Day Celebration Potluck Picnic

June 26th

This year all Northern California Shambhala Centers are invited to celebrate Mid-Summer Day at Gerstle Park in San Rafael for good food, fun and festivities! Continue »

[For Shambhala Educators only] Shambhala Meditation: Proclaiming Basic Goodness online presentation

with Marcia Clayburg

July 17th—July 31st

We will be viewing the online presentation of the Shambhala Meditation: Proclaiming Basic Goodness program originally taught Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 [restricted to Shambhala Educators] Continue »

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

with Shastri Joanne Martin Braun

September 10th—September 11th

In Level I, students are introduced to basic goodness and the practice of meditation in a supportive, social environment. The weekend includes meditation practice, discussion, and individual meetings with meditation instructors. Continue »

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, 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.