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

Children's Program

with Susie Cook & Carlos Gonzalez

January 18th—March 29th

Sunday Children's Program 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 25th—February 15th

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 »

First Thursday Open House & Dharma Night - Pema Chödrön

February 5th

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 »

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior

with Jonathan Ransohoff

February 6th—February 8th

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 »

Mamo Chants: Clear Out Our Karma for a Fresh Start

with Marcella Friel

February 8th—February 17th

Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos is traditionally recited by Buddhist practitioners from the twentieth through the twenty-ninth days of the last lunar month of the Tibetan year. Continue »

Center Executive Committee Meeting

February 9th

The Center Executive Committee is responsible for the operation of the Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center. This meeting is open to all members. Continue »

Third Friday Movie Night - TBD

February 20th

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

Shambhala Day - Year of the Wood Sheep

March 1st

Join the Sonoma Shambhala Community in celebrating Shambhala Day, welcoming the Tibetan New Year! New to Shambhala or an old friend, come and join the celebration. Continue »

Milarepa Day

with Marcella Friel

March 7th

Everyone is invited to participate in Milarepa Day, in which we practice the Milarepa Sadhana and read The Rain of Wisdom, a collection of devotional songs of the Kagyu Lineage. Continue »

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

with Acharya Melissa Moore

March 20th—March 22nd

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 »

Inviting Magic: The Art of Leadership and Creating Brilliant Environments

April 11th

A day-long leadership training in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. This workshop is part of a series that provides skills and trainings in support of the path of contemplative leadership. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

with Jesse Miller

April 24th—April 26th

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 »

Rousing a Mind of Goodness and Delight - Weeklong Retreat

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 »
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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.

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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 →



View our Monthly Calendar of Classes and Programs



Enlightened Society Leadership Training Program

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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 Kids and Familys

Our Children’s Program meets every Sunday, starting January 18th, 2015.

We also have a Wednesday morning sitting practice every week which is a particularly convenient sitting practice period for some Moms and Dads who are busy with their kids during our weekday evening and Sunday morning meditations.  All are welcome.