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.
Spark your heart and mind through the practice of meditation.
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. If you would like an introduction, you may choose to sample an entry-level workshop (Shambhala Training Level I, Meditation or Contentment in Everyday Life or any of the Basic Goodness Series programs). Programs are offered throughout the year at all of the Shambhala Centers in the region, including several in Sonoma. Check our local program listings for those being offered at our Center in Sonoma, or click the “Click Here for Program List” link below to view all of them in the region. Click Here for Program List →
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 →