Spark your heart and mind through the practice of meditation

Shambhala Vision tells us that we can experience a natural source of radiance and brilliance in the world, which is the innate wakefulness of human beings. Located in the Heart of Marin County in Northern California, Tamalpais Shambhala is part of an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. In addition to free meditation instruction, offered at each of our public sitting practices, our center offers public meditation, a core curriculum of Buddhist and Shambhala teachings, as well as training in advanced contemplative practices.

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Simply Being

Shamhbala Meditation Winter Weekthun


with Acharya Alan Schwartz, Shastri Sandra Ladley and Jesse Miller

At the Berkeley Shambhala Center

December 27th through January 2nd

Please CLICK HERE for more details on the program and how to register.


Featured Programs

Basic Goodness of Society

with Acharya Alan Schwartz

November 16th—December 21st

Level II - The Birth of the Warrior

with Shastri Manuel Medeiros

January 7th—January 8th (2017)

Contentment In Everyday Life

with Jesse Miller

January 12th—February 9th (2017)

Shambhala Sadhana - 2017

January 15th—March 12th (2017)

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

with Sarah Woodard

January 18th—February 22nd (2017)

Sadhana of Mahamudra - 2017

January 29th—March 26th (2017)

Level III - Warrior in the World

with Shastri Joanne Martin Braun

March 18th—March 19th (2017)

Joy In Everyday Life

March 29th—May 3rd (2017)

New to Shambhala?

header-IMG_1743-TR-centre-templateShambhala 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. Learn about our vision, lineage & community by clicking the arrow below.

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First Tuesday Dharma Talks

Moonrise San Pablo BayPlease join us for our First-Tuesday Open House Dharma Talks!  On the first Tuesday of each month our regularly scheduled open house will feature a special guest Shambhala teacher.


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Classes and Retreats

header908-81-DSC02976Tamalpais Shambhala offers many programs and practice opportunities such as day long retreats, weekend retreats, classes and community practice sessions including Open House every Tuesday Night, First Tuesday Dharma Talks, Third Tuesday Pema Nights and Community Practice Sundays. Please click below or check out our offerings to the right of this page.

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Weekly Quote


Becoming Familiar with the Running Away

So we ask ourselves, “What do I do when I feel I can’t handle what’s going on? Where do I look for strength and in what do I place my trust?” The Buddha taught that flexibility and openness bring strength and that running from groundlessness weakens us and brings pain. But do we understand that becoming familiar with the running away is the key? Openness doesn’t come from resisting our fears but from getting to know them well.

– From The Places That Scare You by Pema Chödrön, page 10–11


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