In April 2019 we left our tenancy at the Masonic Lodge. Until the COVID-19 pandemic, our Members and Friends had continued to gather for monthly practice and other events at member’s homes. Our aspiration has been to maintain a “strong heart” of connection with those in the local community who wish to continue practicing, studying, and being together. As many others are, we currently gather online via Zoom.

Once we are able to again host public events, they will be posted on our website and we’ll send announcements via our email list (which you are welcome to join).


Online Programs

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Weekday Mornings plus Saturday Meditation

with Shastri Joanne Martin Braun

March 16th—November 7th

Join us for weekday morning virtual online meditation during this time of center closure due to the COVID 19 virus. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Sunday Morning Meditation

with Chris Bacon

April 5th—November 8th

Join us for ONLINE Sunday Morning Meditation. Everyone is welcome! Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Sadhana of Kindness Practice—Third Saturday of the Month

with Irv Kirschbaum & Susie Cook

April 18th—December 19th

Community Sadhana Practice is a time to come together in community to celebrate and strengthen our understanding of basic goodness and enlightened society. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Pandemic Practices

with Chris Bacon

June 14th—November 8th

Please join us for Pandemic Practices that are recommended by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

The Heart of the Buddha Book Study Class

with Jesse Miller

August 6th—October 8th

The Heart of the Buddha book study class. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Glimpses of Abhidharma: A Book Study Class

with Bruce Dal Santo & Valentin Ghiur

September 1st—October 13th

Join us for a quick and precise glimpse into the inner workings of prajna and the skandhas in shaping our personal experiences. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

The Early Writings of Chogyam Trungpa

with Robert Ward

September 14th—October 5th

A four-week survey of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's earliest Western writings from Meditation in Action, Mudra, and the Garuda series among others. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

The Five Keys to Mindful Communication : An Interactive Five Week Program

with Susan Chapman & Greg Heffron

September 14th—October 12th

Good communication is essential to any healthy relationship, whether it’s between spouses, family members, friends, or co-workers. Mindfulness—the practice of nonjudgmental awareness—can help us communicate more effectively and meaningfully with others in Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Overcoming Fear in the Dark Age Video Recording

with Jay Lippman

October 1st

Fear is always a force in our lives, but it is especially powerful during this time. The coronavirus pandemic puts all our lives at risk.  Society and our environment seem to be crumbling. Many Shambhalians are also facing the fears that come with ageing Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Shambhala Happy Hour

October 2nd

Join us for an end of the work week Happy Hour. No schedule, no program, no staff. Just BYO cocktail/mocktail and snacks to enjoy each other's company. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Social Presencing Theater

with Acharya Arawana Hayashi

October 3rd—October 4th

Social Presencing Theater is an innovative social art form that brings the teachings of Shambhala Art into the context of personal reflection and the ego-to-eco system social change paradigm. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

October Community Meeting

October 4th

Please join us for our Octoner community meeting on Zoom—where we make all the decisions relevant to our center. All are welcome! Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

The Path of Forgiveness with Eileen Barker

October 17th

Learn a highly effective and comprehensive forgiveness process that can be applied to any type of conflict or painful situation—and have the opportunity to apply these steps to your own life with lots of support. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Meeting Shambhala - An Introduction to the Shambhala Lineage - Recorded Talks

with Walker Blaine

October 18th—October 25th

Join us for the exploration and history of the Shambhala Buddhist Lineage through talks from Shambhala's Master of Liturgies Walker Blaine followed by group discussion. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Resilience in the Time of Chaos: Touching our Humanity

with Jesse Miller

October 24th

Join us online over the next 5 months as teachers from Northern California offer foundational Shambhala Teachings that uncover heart, strength and sanity in the midst of chaotic times. Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

The Heart of the Buddha Book Study Class #2

with Jesse Miller

October 29th—December 17th

The Heart of the Buddha book study class. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Waking Up In The Dark Age: May My Mind Become One with the Dharma

with Acharya Richard John

November 7th

The Four Dharmas of Gampopa is one of the most elegant pith instructions describing the dynamic process of the buddhist path. Each of the Four Dharmas contains practice advice that is accessible and free of intellectual speculation, and yet relevant. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Winter Meditation Retreat

with Acharya Suzann Duquette

December 27th—January 2nd (2021)

Winter is the natural time of year to gather in community, reflect on our lives, and set aspirations for the year to come. Whether you are a newcomer to meditation or a long-time practitioner, this retreat is the perfect opportunity to do just that. Continue »