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

Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma: The Path of Individual Liberation

with Acharya Emerita Judy Lief

March 15th—June 14th

This class is an opportunity to study Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s systematic teachings on the three yanas (levels) of Tibetan Buddhism, beginning with the path of individual liberation. Continue »

An Uncommon King, The Life & Times of a Tibetan Spiritual King

April 25th

An Uncommon King is the story of one son’s quest to bring ancient wisdom into the mainstream of western society. In doing so, he reveals the decency and goodness that still exists in a world increasingly driven by short-term profits and instant gratificat Continue »

Being Brave - Webcast

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche & Acharya Pema Chödron

May 2nd—May 4th

Being Brave: Is enlightened society possible? An exploration of how meditation practice develops the strength to cultivate enlightened society. Continue »

Being Brave - Is Enlightened Society Possible?

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche & Acharya Pema Chödron

May 2nd—May 4th

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Pema Chödrön – two of the world’s beloved spiritual leaders- come together again to offer one of their renowned meditation retreats. Continue »

Field of Warriorship: Using Social Meditation to Bring About Group Sanity

with Shastri Nicholas Kranz

June 6th—June 8th

This weekend will focus on developing and deepening the practice of Social Meditation which includes dyad practice and bringing meditative awareness to our communication and interaction with others Continue »
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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 →

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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 →