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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.

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 →


Featured Programs

Awakened Heart: Shambhala Training Level IV

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 »

Remembering Celia

September 16th

Following our regular Open House program, we will gather for a light celebratory reception to reminisce and honor our dear friend and dharma sister, Celia Brunette, who passed one year ago September 16. Continue »

Harvest of Peace Community Celebration

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

September 20th

Please join us for our annual international celebration of fall. More details to come. Continue »

Six Ways of Compassionate Living

with Jesse Miller

October 18th

A one-day seminar and meditation retreat open to all. Continue »

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level 1

with Jesse Miller

November 7th—November 8th

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 »

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.

Sonoma Mtn Zen Center Taiko Drum performance

Elsewhere in our Community

Experience the Spirit of Zen at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center’s Annual Bazaar. Come celebrate Shambhala’s deep connection with SMZC. Bring family, friends, kids and neighbors. All are welcome. More →