Welcome to Shambhala. You have found a place to rest your mind and make friends with being human.
The Sonoma Shambhala Center is part of an international community of meditation centers founded by Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and led by his son and lineage holder, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
We offer a friendly, uplifted environment in which to explore meditation and the qualities it can bring to your life. Our center offers free meditation instruction and a well-defined path of practice and study. All our offerings are meant to help people of every description awaken their innate wisdom, compassion and sense of worthiness.
Our community includes people of all ages and walks of life. We invite you to join us in this journey of discovery.
Sonoma Shambhala Offers Introductory Courses in the Way of Shambhala Curriculum. Spark your heart and mind through the practice of meditation.
– Learn to Meditate –
Shambhala Training Level I – “The Art of Being Human” with Acharya Alan Schwartz. FREE Introductory Talk on Friday Night September 30th, 7-9 pm
weekend paid program follows October 1st & 2nd, 9-5 pm
Shambhala Training Level I – “The Art of Being Human”
You will learn a simple yet profound meditation technique and leave the weekend inspired to practice at home. You will hear from experienced meditators, practice group meditation, participate in discussions, and receive individual meditation instruction. Shambhala Training Level I is the first in a series of contemplative weekend workshops based upon meditation, the sacred path of peaceful warriorship and basic goodness. Details and registration here.
Basic Goodness I – “Who Am I? – The Basic Goodness of Being Human”
The Basic Goodness Series offers a sustained reflection on the meaning of basic goodness; directly investigating the nature of the self, relationships, society, and reality. This first course, Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human, focuses on the sense of self. This classes will be facilitated by Shastri Sandra Ladley with formal recorded online talks by Acharya Adam Lobel. Details and registration here.
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. You are invited to read about the Shambhala
Vision and Lineage.
Our Vision and Mission Statement
Our Center is dedicated to creating a culture of kindness, generosity and courage; making Enlightened Society possible. Please view our Vision and Mission Statement.
Our Family Meditation Program meets every Sunday.
Our Center offers a rich array of ongoing offerings free to the public including sitting meditation and dharma talks. No prior meditation experience required to attend. All are welcome. More →