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 »

Rousing a Mind of Goodness and Delight - Weeklong Retreat at the Zen Center

May 22nd—May 29th

Please join us for a week-long meditation retreat (weekthun) and evocation of enlightened society in action at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. Continue »

First Thursday Open House & Dharma Night - The Path of Shambhala

with Acharya Alan Schwartz

June 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 »


June 7th

The Sonoma Shambhala Meditation is re-instituting a Shambhala tradition: the Nyinthün. A full day of practice. ALL ARE WELCOME! Continue »

Third Friday Movie Night - Planetary

June 19th

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

North Bay Midsummer Day Community Celebration

June 28th

Join us as we celebrate Midsummer Day in the North Bay with Sonoma, Tamalpais and Santa Rosa sanghas together at the historic Redwood Grove of Gerstle Park in San Rafael. 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.

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 →



View our Monthly Calendar of Classes and Programs



Enlightened Society Leadership Training Program

Now accepting applications for the Spring Semester

In Shambhala, all of us are leaders- in our lives, our homes, our jobs, and our personal journeys. By working with our own minds and hearts, and cultivating our own sanity, we begin to transform our culture and create good human society. Leadership training in Shambhala has at it’s heart the aspiration to awaken our own bravery and compassion and learn to work with others with clarity, gentleness, and wisdom.

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For Families

Our Family Meditation Children’s Program meets every Sunday.