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

Family Meditation Children's Program

with Susie Cook & Carlos Gonzalez

January 18th—August 30th

Sunday Children's Program is a weekly practice opportunity where we welcome children as part of our Sangha as well as give them the space to be themselves. Continue »

Aging with Humor, Dignity & Confidence Affinity Group - Second Sunday of Each Month

with Carlos Gonzalez

April 12th—July 12th

This is an affinity group for exploring aging. This group will meet at the Sonoma Shambhala Center the second Sunday of every month. Continue »

First Thursday Open House & Dharma Night - Taking the 'Diss' Out of Discipline

with Joanne Henn

July 2nd

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 »

20th Anniversary of the Sakyong's Enthronement Celebration & Nyinthun

July 5th

The Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Sakyong's Enthronement with a full day of practice. ALL ARE WELCOME! Continue »

Mindful Eating: Joining Heaven and Earth at the Meal Table

with Marcella Friel

July 6th—August 3rd

If you long to create a sane relationship to food but struggle with your less-than-ideal eating habits, these classes are for you. Continue »

Heart of Bravery Video Talk Series

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche & Acharya Pema Chödron

July 12th—August 16th

Join us as we view and discuss the Sakyong's and Pema's talks from the most recent "Being Brave" retreat recorded live in Richmond, California. Continue »

Third Friday Movie Night - Hector and the Search for Happiness (Rated

July 17th

Please join us on the third Friday of each month for a great movie! 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
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.



View our Monthly Calendar of Classes and Programs




For Families

Our Family Meditation Children’s Program meets every Sunday.


Katie Baingbridge

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 →