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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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Explore Contentment in Everyday Life

Beginning Sunday, January 29, this course provides an exploration of genuine contentment, the foundational views of the Buddhist teachings, and meditation in action for daily life. This program is open to all, no previous meditation experience necessary. More →

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

NOTE CANCELLED on January 1, 2017 (New Year’s Day) 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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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 →

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Still time to join Wed. evening Pema Chödrön class

By any measure, 2016 was a tumultuous year. 2017 promises still more sweeping changes and upheaval; how can we best live and work in such a shifting terrain? Join us as we continue to explore these challenges with Pema Chödrön through Wed, February 8. 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—June 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 »

Pema Chodron: Living Beautifully with Uncertainty & Change: How to Live in Challenging Times

with Barbara Hirschfeld

January 4th—February 8th

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 »

Sadhana of Mahamudra Community Practice

January 29th

The Sadhana of Mahamudra is a meditation practice and liturgy chanted by the Shambhala community on the new or full moon days of the lunar calendar, open to all. Continue »

Contentment In Everyday Life

with Barbara Hirschfeld & Irv Kirschbaum

January 29th—February 12th

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

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

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