Programs for Northern California USA Region

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Deepening in Compassion II: Video Talks with Acharyas

October 6th—November 10th

Join us for this series of teachings on deepening in compassion. We continue our journey. This second series of four explores the Shambhala mahayana teachings of relative bodhicitta and how we put our aspirati Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

The Mandala of Elements: Opening to the Wisdom of the Five Buddha Families

with Kathryn Rile

October 16th—November 20th

The Five Buddha Families are a remarkable tool for understanding and working with your own emotional energies and that of the people you interact with in your life.  Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

No Time To Lose: A Dharma Response to Climate Change

with Irv Kirschbaum & Stephanie Hiller

October 26th

Please join us for Practice Day based on this recent day-long event at Spirit Rock featuring video talks and teachings from Joanna Macy, Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield & others. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Song of Experience—Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Tibet

with Acharya Richard John

November 8th—November 10th

This song of realization, called "Don't Wander!" is profound and pithy guide to the Buddhist path in only five lines. This weekend program is open to all practitioners, new and senior, who wishes to deepen their understanding and practice of meditation on Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Weekend II: Birth of the Warrior

with Michael Ratener

November 9th—November 10th

Having experienced a taste of basic goodness in the first weekend program, we want to go forward. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

The Profound Guru Yoga (Vajrayana)

with Acharya Richard John

November 11th

At the age of 19 Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche wrote this guru yoga for his students to practice in his absence. This program is restricted to tantrikas who received transmission at a Vajrayana Seminary or Sacred World Assembly. Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

Basic Goodness 1: Who Am I?

with Acharya Adam Lobel & Barbara Hirschfeld

November 14th—January 9th (2020)

When we sit in meditation, and notice the fluidity of what we once thought was our solid self, the question naturally arises, "Who am I?" This course offers a six-session journey around that question, and includes meditation instruction, discussion group Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

The Profound Guru Yoga (Vajrayana)

with Acharya Richard John

November 15th

Before escaping from Tibet at the age of 19, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was already a revered lineage holder and accomplished teacher. Following tradition, he wrote this guru yoga for his students to practice in his absence Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Four Dharmas, Four Foundations, Four Dignities: A Four Day Meditation Retreat

with Acharya Richard John

November 16th—November 19th

It is a rare opportunity to be able to practice meditation for an extended period of time. It is even more rare to be able to practice with a supportive and caring community. Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

Samsara is an Ocean of Narratives. What is our Path?

with Acharya Richard John

November 21st

This one-day program with Acharya Richard John will be on the Four Dharmas of Gampopa and will take place at Open Sky Retreat Space. Program open to all. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Heart Instructions of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche - Song of Experience: Mahayana Day

with Acharya Richard John

November 23rd

This is open to everyone. We will study and practice this text as instructions for the bodhisattva path, incorporating some of the key slogans of Lojong--mind training. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Heart Instructions of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche: Song of Experience (Vajrayana Weekend)

with Acharya Richard John

November 23rd—November 24th

We will study and practice the song as a Dzokchen text. This weekend is a gathering for tantrikas. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Warrior in the World: Shambhala Training III

with Charity Martin

December 7th—December 8th

Developing fearlessness by examining our habitual tendencies, we begin to open and engage the world directly extending this attitude of fearlessness to our everyday activities. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Sadhana of Kindness: Day of Transmission and Practice

with Irv Kirschbaum & Susie Cook

December 7th

Sonoma Shambhala is pleased to offer a one-day program introducing The Sadhana of Kindness, a short liturgy invoking the moon of kindness in our hearts as the basis for establishing enlightened society. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Dharma Arts Weekend

with Shastri Sandra Ladley & Chinh Nguyen

December 13th—December 14th

Everyone is welcome to come explore the wisdom of the body in meditation with our skilled teachers! Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Save the date! Winter Weekthun

with Shastri Sandra Ladley

December 27th—January 2nd (2020)

Save the date for our Winter Weekthun! Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Path of Warriorship Weekend I: Beginning and Beginning Again

with Shastri Manuel Medeiros

January 11th—January 12th (2020)

In this time of confusion and chaos, we aspire to gather in retreat as a community, to bring “beginner’s mind” to that weapon of warriorship - meditation - in exploring the ground of wisdom that is hidden in full view: the basic goodness of being human Continue »

Santa Rosa Shambhala Meditation Center

The Bardos in Everyday Life Weekend Program

with Andrew Holecek

January 11th—January 12th (2020)

We will explore the bardo principle and its vast application in daily life. Once we open our eyes to them, bardos are everywhere — and the spaciousness of that recognition invites liberation. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Power of Peacemaking

with Greg Heffron

February 8th—February 9th (2020)

Join us for a weekend of exploring communication patterns within the context of Mindful Communication and Mudra Space Awareness. Continue »