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 humor.

Our community includes people of all ages and walks of life. We invite you to join us in this journey of discovery.

Featured Programs

Full Day of Meditation - Nyinthun

November 2nd—December 7th

The Sonoma Shambhala Meditation is re-instituting a Shambhala tradition: the Nyinthün. A full day of practice. Meditators at all levels are invited to attend. You may come for all or any part of the day. Continue »

Aging with Humor and Dignity Affinity Group

November 22nd—December 20th - Date cancelled

This is an affinity group for exploring the challenges of aging. Through open discussion as well as videos and reading we will view this time of life through the wisdom of Shambhala Buddhist teachings. Continue »

First Thursday Open House & Dharma Night - Barbara Hirschfeld

December 4th

The public is warmly invited to these informal events that are an introduction to our Center, Shambhala Buddhism and the practice of peaceful abiding meditation. Continue »

Adult Rites of Passage: Awakening to the Stages of Life

with Acharya Mitchell Levy & Shastri Amy Conway

December 12th—December 14th

The program is open to anyone with a strong connection to the Shambhala teachings, regardless of age. Continue »

Children's Day - Regional Program at the SF Shambhala Center

December 20th

Our region will celebrate Children's Day this year at the San Francisco Shambhala Center. Please join us for this traditional and fun event! Continue »

Solstice/Children's Day Community Celebration

December 21st

Join the Sonoma Shambhala Community for a celebration of the change of seasons. Something for people of all ages -- young and old. Continue »

Family Day Children's Program

with Susie Cook

January 11th—January 25th (2015)

Sunday Family Day is a weekly practice opportunity starting in January where we welcome children as part of our sangha as well as give them the space to be themselves. Continue »

Basic Goodness Series II: How Can I Help?

with Acharya Alan Schwartz

January 18th—February 1st (2015)

This course explores our relationships with others, an aspiration to help our world, and specific aspects of social transformation. The class is open to everyone - there are no prerequisites. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior

with Jonathan Ransohoff

February 6th—February 8th (2015)

In Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior, we examine our habitual tendencies, fears, and defense mechanisms; building on the foundation of the meditation practice introduced in Shambhala Training Level I. Continue »

Basic Goodness III: What is Real? (Weekend Format)

with Acharya Melissa Moore

March 20th—March 22nd (2015)

This course explores our experience of the world. How do we know what is real? How do we experience the living, ordinary magic of our world and the natural environment? Continue »

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

with Jesse Miller

April 24th—April 26th (2015)

Developing fearlessness by examining our habitual tendencies, we are willing to experience our life without relying on the cocoon. We begin to engage the world directly and extend the attitude of fearlessness to our activities. Continue »
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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. You are invited to read about the Shambhala
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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.

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Ongoing Offerings

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 →

Family Waving

Gatherings for Moms, Kids and Familys

Meditation Group for Mothers is for moms who are interested in learning to meditate as well as mothering mindfully. It meets every Wednesday morning. Family Day meets on the third Sunday of each month.


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eScrip Fundraiser

eScrip is a sound way to help support our Center financially. Visit the eScrip page for information on how to be involved in this beneficial program. It’s easy to participate. Please do.




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