Creating Enlightened Society in the Sierra Foothills

One Breath at a Time

Shambhala Vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature can be developed in daily life so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society.


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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. Learn about our vision, lineage & community. More →

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Ongoing Offerings

Our group offers a rich array of ongoing offerings free to the public including weekly public sitting meditation hours and dharma talks. No prior meditation experience required to attend.  All are welcome. More →

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Welcome to Sonora Meditation Group’s website. We are excited to make the teachings and practices of Shambhala a living reality in the Sierra Foothills. Here you will find the founding principles and essential elements of this Buddhist path of awakening, with a vast resource of related materials and references. You will also learn about the full range of opportunities to participate in developing your relationship to Shambhala – locally, regionally and internationally. You may discover an affinity with these teachings and practices and want to connect directly with the Group. If so, contact us by email or phone, or start coming to our weekly meditation evenings. Whatever you choose, know there is a place to answer your heart’s prompting for a sane and enlightened society, and it starts here and now.

May Goodness Be All-Victorious: A One Week Urban Retreat with Shastri Manuel Medeiros & Shastri Joanne Martin Braun 

July 9 – 15 ~ Berkeley Shambhala Center

May Goodness Be All-Victorious: Personal Transformation and Societal Transformation

Sakyong Mipham teaches that societal transformation and personal transformation are inseparable.  This weeklong meditation program will explore this inseparability through practice, study, and group activities. Shamatha (sitting meditation) and Vajrayana tracks will be available.  We will begin each day by practicing the Shambhala Sadhana together.  Material from the Basic Goodness II Class, How Can I Help, will be incorporated. Evening activities may include community outings to enrich our exploration. Early bird discount for registrations received by June 9th.

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Weekly Quote


“When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space.”

by Pema Chödron

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