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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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The Myth of Freedom: Pema Chödrön online talks & discussion

Six Wednesdays, beginning April 13. Following sitting practice, we will watch a video with Pema Chödrön based on The Myth of Freedom book followed by a facilitated group discussion. Open to all. 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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Joy in Everyday Life

Begins Sunday, May 1. As meditation practice expands and we develop trust in basic goodness, we can begin to discover the confidence and personal energy to go forward on the journey. Joining gentleness with discipline leads to a sense of joy. No prerequisites. 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

The Myth of Freedom: Online talks by Pema Chodron and Group Discussion

with Barbara Hirschfeld & Malcolm Miller

April 13th—May 18th

Following sitting practice, we will watch a video with Pema Chödrön based on The Myth of Freedom, book followed by a group discussion facilitated by Barbara Hirschfeld and Malcolm Miller. Open to all. Continue »

Joy In Everyday Life

with Barbara Hirschfeld

May 1st—May 22nd

As meditation practice expands and we develop trust in basic goodness, we can begin to discover the confidence and personal energy to go forward on the journey. Joining gentleness with discipline leads to a sense of joy. Continue »

2nd Annual North Bay Sangha Potluck Picnic and Midsummer's Day Celebration

June 26th

Once again, we'll be joining with Tamalpais and Sonoma Shambhala to celebrate Mid-Summer Day at Gerstle Park in San Rafael for good food, fun and festivities! 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.