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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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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

Pema Chodron: Making Friends with Your Mind

with Malcolm Miller

October 7th—October 28th

This four-week series includes prerecorded talks given by Ani Pema Chodron at Omega Institute a weekend retreat held October 2-4, 2015. 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 I

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 »

2nd Annual Sit-A-Thon Fundraiser at The Tibetan Gallery & Studio

November 8th

All are invited to participate in our annual sit-a-thon to raise funds to help support our local centers as well as the international Shambhala mandala. Continue »

Extraordinary Perception: The Practice of Sacred World

with Acharya Richard John

November 20th—November 21st

An intensive program for Shambhala tantrikas and sadhakas to be held at Open Sky Retreat Space in Sebastopol. Continue »

Fearless Compassion: Bodhichitta & The Warrior's Path

with Acharya Richard John

November 22nd

This one-day public program is a rare opportunity for teachings from an acharya (senior teacher), Richard John and highly recommended for those taking either Refuge or Bodhisattva Vows. Continue »

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

with Andrew Holecek

December 5th—December 6th

These teachings apply to any situation that ends, and will help you with the loss of a job, a relationship, anything. Continue »

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II

January 23rd—January 24th (2016)

By opening to our own genuineness and tenderness, we learn how to work with fear and appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle to experiencing basic goodness. Continue »

Contentment In Everyday Life

January 31st—February 28th (2016)

This course provides an exploration of genuine contentment, the foundational views of the Buddhist teachings, and meditation in action for daily life. 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.