Program Details

Wednesday Dharma Night December Speakers

with Joanne Martin Braun & Melissa Moore & Marc Matheson
December 5 / 6:30 PM - December 19 / 9:00 PM

A great introduction to the Shambhala Buddhist teachings, and an opportunity to connect with other meditation practitioners in a relaxed, comfortable environment. Featuring meditation practice, meditation instruction, a talk by one of our senior teachers and discussion. We also offer an assortment of delicious snacks and tea before each session.

The current series of dharma talks focuses on the concept of Warriorship, or human bravery, and the Shambhala path of bringing the sanity and peace we encounter on the meditation cushion out into our everyday lives.

Wednesday evening schedule
     6:30 Doors open
     7:00 Sitting meditation practice / Meditation instruction
     7:40 Dharma talk and discussion
     9:00 Community gathering

Join us for this wonderful opportunity to practice with others in a warm, supportive environment. And bring your friends!

Suggested donation
$5 to $10

Mery Miguez / info [at] sfshambhala [dot] org

December Speakers for Enlightened Society Talks

December 5, Leadership and Magic
With Joanne Martin Braun

Whether or not we think of ourselves as "leaders"  we are all constantly affecting the world around us. When we touch in with the fundamental goodness of our being we can bring something to any situation that is beneficial to ourselves and others. This is a kind of ordinary magic we always have available to us and is the heart of leadership.  

Joanne Martin Braun, PhD, is a senior teacher on the Shambhala Buddhist path. She is currently the Regional Director of Northern California Shambhala.

December 12, The Unbound Space of Nowness
With Acharya Melissa Moore

An invitation to practice in the Winter Weekthun scheduled for Dec 26 - January 1 at Sharchen Dzong.

Acharya Melissa Moore, PhD., has been a student of Shambhala since 1979. She has an MA in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University, attended the 1985 seminary, has been teaching internationally since 1990, and was empowered as a Acharya in 2012. She has extensive experience as a clinician and manager of several clinics developed for the treatment of eating disorders, dissociative disorders and trauma related illnesses. She co-founded, and continues to teach and develop, The Karuna Training, a 3-year professional certificate training in Contemplative Psychology and a division of Shambhala Europe.

December 19, Communicating Our Genuine Heart of Sadness
With Marc Mattheson

Everyday we are confronted with the realities of our lives, challenged by our circumstances, forced to navigate between what is and what is possible. In Shambhala we are taught that the genuine heart of sadness, that tender, naked, empty heartbreak, is the first step in our journey of enlightenment. The deeply personal journey begins with ourself but requires engagement with others. This talk, and the discussion that follows, will illuminate and provoke ways that such engagement arises, gently, naturally, in social media, including radio, and in social activism.

Marc Mattheson began meditating in college, met Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1975, and his firstguru, the 16th Karmapa, in 1977. Marc has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 1992 and completed seminary four years later. He founded the Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group in 2001. Marc has lived in Inverness, on Point Reyes, since 2009, where he hosts radio programs,writes for a local newspaper and is engaged as a community activist and a volunteer with Point Reyes National Seashore.

Please note that there will be no Dharma Night gathering on December 26th. The center will be closed for the holiday community meditation retreat.

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