Northern California Shambhala

Northern California Shambhala is unique in that we have 7 meditation centers and 3 meditation groups all within a few hours of one another. This close proximity has allowed us to increase cooperation, broaden our view, and function effectively.

Operating as usual

05/20/2021

The Pure Mind of Sad Joy: Tonglen and the Four Immeasurables—A Week of Retreat
with John Rockwell & Charlotte Linde

July 10th—July 16th

Like a dot in space, we are fundamentally alone—our experience is uniquely ours alone. Making friends with our aloneness, we touch a tender heart of sadness. Our heart inspires us to reach out to others and embrace our common tenderness. This connection sparks joy and a profound appreciation for this whole world, just as it is.
In this three yana retreat, we will explore the path of the four immeasurables—friendliness, compassion, joy, and equanimity—using the profound practices of mahamudra and tonglen—accepting all and giving all.

This year’s summer retreat will embrace all levels of practitioners to come home to rest our body, speech, and mind on the meditation cushion and join together as an online community to deepen our study and practice connections. Let’s enjoy this week to practice and share wisdom together.

Details
The retreat will take place online with a daily schedule of 9 AM to 12 Noon, and 2 PM to 5 PM. We will all practice together mahamudra shamatha-vipashyana, contemplations of the four immeasurables, and tonglen.

What to expect
This retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, talks, break-out discussion groups, and spontaneous arisings. We will support each other in maintaining the joyful discipline of retreat in community.
This retreat is open to all. There are no prerequisites.
This retreat is open to the public and all are welcome to join us. All levels of practitioners are welcome.

Register here: https://berkeley.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=478385

Vajrayana practitioners
In the morning we will practice mahamudra shamatha-vipashyana together with the community. And, there will be the option of breaking into a smaller group to do our individual practices in the afternoon.
Partial Attendance
Partial attendance of the retreat is fine, as long as when you come, you attend a full 3-hour practice session.
Register here: https://berkeley.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=478385

About the Teachers
John Rockwell has been on the path of dharma for 45 years. He met Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1975 and studied and practiced the Buddhist and Shambhala teachings for 12 years with him, and in particular worked with him on translating Tibetan texts into English.

For ten years, he studied and taught at Naropa University in the Buddhist Studies department. For many years, he served as an acharya or senior teacher for Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and also studied intensively with Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. His inspiration is to share the profound and practical teachings that he has received.

Charlotte Linde met Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche at the Naropa Summer Institute in 1975, and has been a student of the Buddhist and Shambhala teachings since then. She has served as a Shastri for the Silicon Valley Shambhala Center, and remains as a Senior Teacher for Northern Caliornia.

Trained as an anthropologist and linguist, she has taught at CUNY, University of California and Stanford, and most recently worked as a researcher at NASA. She is the author of two books on the ways stories are used to create individual and group ego. She is currently researching topics in the anthropology of wisdom.

Learn more and register here: https://berkeley.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=478385

The Pure Mind of Sad Joy: Tonglen and the Four Immeasurables—A Week of Retreat
with John Rockwell & Charlotte Linde

July 10th—July 16th

Like a dot in space, we are fundamentally alone—our experience is uniquely ours alone. Making friends with our aloneness, we touch a tender heart of sadness. Our heart inspires us to reach out to others and embrace our common tenderness. This connection sparks joy and a profound appreciation for this whole world, just as it is.
In this three yana retreat, we will explore the path of the four immeasurables—friendliness, compassion, joy, and equanimity—using the profound practices of mahamudra and tonglen—accepting all and giving all.

This year’s summer retreat will embrace all levels of practitioners to come home to rest our body, speech, and mind on the meditation cushion and join together as an online community to deepen our study and practice connections. Let’s enjoy this week to practice and share wisdom together.

Details
The retreat will take place online with a daily schedule of 9 AM to 12 Noon, and 2 PM to 5 PM. We will all practice together mahamudra shamatha-vipashyana, contemplations of the four immeasurables, and tonglen.

What to expect
This retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, talks, break-out discussion groups, and spontaneous arisings. We will support each other in maintaining the joyful discipline of retreat in community.
This retreat is open to all. There are no prerequisites.
This retreat is open to the public and all are welcome to join us. All levels of practitioners are welcome.

Register here: https://berkeley.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=478385

Vajrayana practitioners
In the morning we will practice mahamudra shamatha-vipashyana together with the community. And, there will be the option of breaking into a smaller group to do our individual practices in the afternoon.
Partial Attendance
Partial attendance of the retreat is fine, as long as when you come, you attend a full 3-hour practice session.
Register here: https://berkeley.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=478385

About the Teachers
John Rockwell has been on the path of dharma for 45 years. He met Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1975 and studied and practiced the Buddhist and Shambhala teachings for 12 years with him, and in particular worked with him on translating Tibetan texts into English.

For ten years, he studied and taught at Naropa University in the Buddhist Studies department. For many years, he served as an acharya or senior teacher for Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and also studied intensively with Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. His inspiration is to share the profound and practical teachings that he has received.

Charlotte Linde met Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche at the Naropa Summer Institute in 1975, and has been a student of the Buddhist and Shambhala teachings since then. She has served as a Shastri for the Silicon Valley Shambhala Center, and remains as a Senior Teacher for Northern Caliornia.

Trained as an anthropologist and linguist, she has taught at CUNY, University of California and Stanford, and most recently worked as a researcher at NASA. She is the author of two books on the ways stories are used to create individual and group ego. She is currently researching topics in the anthropology of wisdom.

Learn more and register here: https://berkeley.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=478385

beyond a dream film series | smzc 05/20/2021

beyond a dream film series | smzc

Dear Shambhala,

I hope you can all make it.
Hope you all are well.

https://www.smzc.org/beyond-a-dream-film-series

Yours in the Dharma,

Nyoze(如是) Demian Kwong, Kanin
Sonoma Mountain Zen Center - Genjoji

beyond a dream film series | smzc Special online film series “Beyond A Dream: Father & Son Conversations” are available for purchase. Your purchase of films supports and sustains SMZC. The series of short films had been made during the temple closure in 2020 and 2021 by an independent filmmaker Tim Metzger. We hope you enjoy th...

09/17/2020

This Saturday! Online program Pacific Time. Open to all.

This Saturday! Online program Pacific Time. Open to all.

Register here: https://sf.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=460100

We often talk about the importance of being in the moment both in meditation and in post-meditation, or in our daily life. But when doing so, what do we really mean by being in the moment, or being, or even, the moment?

Further, why would that be helpful or important? Why would it be helpful to spend some daily time on cultivating momentariness in meditation, considering that there are seemingly so many other important things to do and to take care of?

In his talk, Lodrö Sangpo will discuss why, in general, momentariness is one of the fundamental principles of Buddhist meditation and philosophy and outlook on life. He will do this by specifically focusing on Trungpa Rinpoche's original meditation instruction on shamatha-vipashyana (or mindfulness-awareness) which forms a solid basis for all the so-called later practices.

More here: https://sf.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=460100

08/06/2020

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

If you've visited Karmê Chöling for a program, and appreciated the container where teachings unfold, consider a longer stay, where you can lean into practice and live in a kind, supportive community.

05/05/2020

May's Newsletter
All Northern California Shambhala programs have been moved to an online format during the pandemic. The good news is that now we have a wonderful selection of programs, classes, and practice sessions available to everyone without travel.

Learn more by reading our newsletter…
https://conta.cc/2VYkQE0

04/02/2020

This month's newsletter is full of online programs—both classes and meditation sessions. And, there are more details about our week-long summer meditation retreat.

Come meditate with us!

https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Northern-California-Shambhala-News-April-2020.html?soid=1011137616280&aid=QVfgNgMoCZk

[03/13/20]   NorCal Shambhala Response to COVID-19

Dear Sangha,

We send this message in care and concern for the wellbeing of all of you as we navigate this health challenge together. The Northern California Shambhala Board of Directors has asked the centers and groups in the region to close all public programs for the remainder of the month of March due to the COVID-19 outbreak in our region. Please check with your local center with any questions about specific programs and activities at your center. At the end of March we will assess the situation and evaluate how to proceed.

Our decision came from lengthy discussion and is based in our desire to do what we can to protect the health of our sangha, as well as the community beyond. We took into consideration the vulnerability of much of our population and the knowledge of the long incubation period of the virus. Any of us could have been infected and not yet know it.

The idea is to “flatten the curve” of the spread of the virus—an epidemiology term that you may hear in the news. While we may not be able to control the ultimate number of cases, it is in our power to slow down the spread of the virus which may ease the strain that hospitals and medical facilities could experience if a rapid spread occurs.

While our centers are closed, it is important that we don’t isolate ourselves, and use this opportunity to practice mindfulness in how we engage with others and our environment to protect ourselves and others from becoming ill. At this time our dharma teachings and practice are of great importance — so we are working towards setting up online options for both practice and study. We will announce these to the community as they become available.

We also encourage local centers to consider steps they can take to support the wellbeing of individuals in our community, such as setting up systems to communicate with and support our sangha members during this epidemic.

Thank you for your patience and understanding, and we welcome your input and ideas for how to stay connected with our practice and each other during this time.

Four Dharmas of Gampopa
(can be recited while washing hands for 20 seconds)

Grant your blessings so that my mind may be one with the dharma.
Grant your blessings so that dharma may progress along the path.
Grant your blessings so that the path may clarify confusion.
Grant your blessings so that confusion may dawn as wisdom.

02/29/2020

Check out this month's newsletter for all the events happening around Northern California!

https://conta.cc/2I7o0xI

02/24/2020

Cheerful Shambhala Day from Northern California Shambhala!

Shambhala Day 2020 is the Year of the Iron Mouse.

Shambhala Day is Monday, February 24th. It marks the beginning of the New Year and represents one of the most important traditions of Shambhala Buddhism. We will be celebrating Shambhala Day throughout the week at centers around the region. Please check your local center's website for details.

The mouse is the first symbol in the Asian astrological cycle, and is therefore associated with newness and beginnings. On this New Year’s Day, we can aspire to enter 2020 and Shambhala New Year with the spirit of a fresh start and a renewed trust in the basic goodness that connects us.

Based on the traditional Tibetan New Year’s celebration of Losar, the day is calculated astrologically according to the Tibetan lunar calendar and changes every year to coincide with the annual lunar cycles.

Our annual holidays mark the rhythm of our shared experience and culture and provide the opportunity for us to join together. Shambhala Day is particularly associated with reflecting upon the year that has passed and setting our intentions for the future.

myemail.constantcontact.com 12/19/2019

Study the teachings of Pema Chodron at the Berkeley Winter Meditation Retreat—December 27th through January 2nd

"Our aim is to fully awaken our heart and mind, not just for our own greater well-being but also to bring benefit, solace, and wisdom to other living beings."
—Pema Chodron

Copies of Welcoming the Unwelcome have arrived at the Berkeley center's bookstore and we are excited to begin studying from Pema's first book in seven years!

Join is in this deep meditation retreat at the Berkeley Shambhala Center. Partial attendance is possible.

Learn more
https://berkeley.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=413800

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myemail.constantcontact.com 10/22/2019

Acharya Richard John is coming to teach in NorCal this November!

Acharya Richard John 2019 NorCal Visit!

We are excited to announce that Acharya Richard John will be teaching in the Bay Area from November 8th through the 24th at four of our centers.

We invite you to join us for any of these public programs!

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11/02/2018

The November 2018 Northern California Shambhala Newsletter is here. Click the link below to read about all the great things coming up in Shambhala.

And, if you want to subscribe to these monthly updates, you can do so on our home page: https://norcal.shambhala.org

10/11/2018

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Dear Members,

Please join our regional leadership for a day of meditation practice, reflection, and sharing regarding how we move forward as a regional community.

In our own region, many of us are reflecting on how we want to move forward as a community. What is important to us? What is not? What needs to change? What stays the same? What is our vision

As facilitators we hope to create a forum where everyone can share their values, aspirations and concerns without needing to resolve our many individual differences. We hope to harvest these intentions in order to inform how all of our many members and leaders lead our community forward at this time.

In order to hold a supportive and fruitful container, we are asking that only members attend.

We hope to see you there!

09/27/2018

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

A great article on Cultural Humility by our own Acharya Charlene Leung.

"Cultural humility is about looking deeper and discovering the complexity of our cultural inheritance, the values we learned about ourselves and about others. It’s discovering what we’ve internalized and embodied from our families of origins, how we grew up, and our cultural traditions, social identities, life circumstances, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Cultural humility means uncovering the ways in which that cultural inheritance impacts how we see ourselves and relate to others.

Consider the messages and mixed messages you received while growing up, and still receive, about gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, or other distinguishing characteristics of identity. Where did those messages come from? Books, movies, media, family, friends, institutions—school, church, work—the totality of our personal experiences and stories heard and unheard. What was the feeling tone of the messages and mixed messages? What are the physical, mental, or emotional reactions stored in the body now? How might these messages and mixed messages affect the relationships we have or have had with people? And with ourself?"

09/06/2018

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

berkeley.shambhala.org 09/04/2018

Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Part Two: Sacredness, the Warrior's World with Jesse Miller & Emily Earlenbaugh

Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Part Two: Sacredness, the Warrior's World with Jesse Miller & Emily Earlenbaugh
Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center
Thu September 13th - Thu January 10th: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Please join us for a book study of Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Part Two. We will meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, beginning on September 13 (skipping Thanksgiving Day).

berkeley.shambhala.org Any perception can connect us to reality properly and fully. What we see doesn't have to be pretty, particularly; we can appreciate anything that exists. There is some principle of magic in everything, some living quality. Something living, something real, is taking place in everything. --Chogyam Tr...

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1231 Stevenson St
San Francisco, CA
94103

General information

Northern California Shambhala is a community of meditation centers and study groups located in Berkeley, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, San Rafael, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Davis, Santa Cruz, Sonora and Grass Valley. To locate a center near you, visit our website, http://norcal.shambhala.org, and click on "Meditation Centers." We are part of Shambhala International, a community of meditation centers founded in 1973 by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, artist, author, and poet. Today, the Shambhala tradition is led by Trungpa Rinpoche's son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Our Northern California Shambhala senior dharma teacher is Pema Chödrön.
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