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

The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, Volume Two

with Acharya Emerita Judy Lief

October 25th—November 29th

A Course on the Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion Continue »

Movie Night: Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

November 28th

Please join us on movie night for the classic comedy of gentle slapstick, Monsieur Hulot's Holiday. Continue »

Adult Rites of Passage: Awakening to the Stages of Life (San Francisco)

with Acharya Mitchell Levy

December 12th—December 14th

A new weekend retreat program designed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche Continue »

Winter Feast of Practice

with Charlotte Linde

December 26th—January 1st (2015)

This is a full week of meditation practice. You are invited to come for all or some of the sessions. Continue »

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II Weekend Retreat

with Charlotte Linde

January 24th—January 25th (2015)

Having experienced a taste of basic goodness in Level I, we want to learn more. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask underlying fear. 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 →

leadership training

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 →


Sitting For Society 2014: A Sit-a-Thon to support the Silicon Valley Shambhala Center

Join us for our 2014 sit-a-thon by signing up to sit, sponsoring a sitter or becoming a sponsor. Help us raise $20,000 by Thanksgiving Day! More →