Welcome to Shambhala. You have found a place to rest your mind and make friends with being human.

The Silicon Valley 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

Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion

with Denice Everham

March 15th—April 5th

Stepping into the Warrior’s Path Pema Chodron Book Study & Discussion Continue »

Paranirvana Day

with Denice Everham

April 4th

This year marks the 28th Parinirvana of the Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who passed away in 1987. To commemorate this date, on April 4, we will practice the profound and beautiful Sadhana of Mahamudra. The practice will include t Continue »

Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Sandra Ladley

April 11th—April 12th

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Continue »

Meditation Instructor/Shambhala Guide Training (afternoon open to community)

with Charlotte Linde, Mary Allen, Mark Hobbs, Fern LaRocca

April 18th

The Meditation Instructors and all Shambhala Guides will receive an overview of the meditation instruction during the first half of the day and the rest of the day (open to the community) will be an introduction to Practice Generosity, a review of the For Continue »

Beat Evening of Poetry and Stories with Marc Olmsted

April 25th

Marc will read from his own poetry written during a three year meditation retreat and from his recently published memoir Don't Hesitate: Knowing Allen Ginsberg 1972-1997. Letters and Recollections which chronicles his 25 year relationship with Ginsberg Continue »
New to Shambhala

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

Katie Baingbridge

Ongoing Offerings

Our centre 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 →