The San Francisco Shambhala Meditation Center is part of an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded in 1973 by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, artist, author, and poet.
The vision of Shambhala is based on the wisdom and compassion of the meditation tradition. It proclaims that our lives can be workable, and even wonderful. Through the path of meditation we can touch our inherent sanity, and by sharing that with others, we can create an enlightened society. The Shambhala community is a support for those who aspire to follow this path.
Our center, located in San Francisco's Sunset district, offers public meditation, a core curriculum of Buddhist and Shambhala teachings, as well as training in advanced contemplative practices. We invite you to explore our diverse programs designed to help San Franciscans of all traditions discover their inherent sanity, gentleness and humor.
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