Program Details

Wednesday Dharma Night November Speakers

with Vajra Granelli & Seth Bregman & Marc Matheson & Brad Cazden
November 6 / 6:30 PM - November 27 / 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.

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

Arela: arela [dot] pineda [at] gmail [dot] com

The Shambhala PrincipleNovember Speakers for Enlightened Society Talks will focus on the Shambhala Principle by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

November 6, KISS (Keep it simple, stupid.)
With Vajra Granelli
KISS: keep it simple stupid will touch on the chapter Keep it Simple in Sakyong Mipham Rinposhe's latest book The Shambhala Principle and will explore how practitioners of all levels can access their own mindfulness while engaging in everyday activities and how mediation practice can happen at anytime in any location.

Vajra Granelli has been a practitioner in the Shambhala Tradition for over 30 years. He has worked in the security, Protection and enforcement fields for many years here in SF and around the world. He currently lives in Boulder Colorado where he teaches martial arts and works as a security consultant. He is very interested in the Shambhala Principle of Warriorship and how these ideas can be included into our everyday lives. 

November 13, Culture
Wtih Seth Bregman 
A presentation and discussion of the chapter Culture, in Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche's latest book The Shambhala Principle. 

Seth Bregman has been a practitioner in the Shambhala Tradition for over 20 years. He is particularly interested in how conventional ideas about meditation and spirituality can become obstacles to genuine insight, relaxation and happiness. He's grateful for his unexpectedly 'normal' life which includes a lovely wife, a house in the suburbs and an exceptionally good dog named Kiki. Seth has worked in the music, film and technology industries for many years and currently works as a Director of IT for Live Nation.

November 20, Sit-A-Thon Celebration
With All of Us!

The San Francisco Shambhala leadership invites you to a evening of celebration to acknowledge the many sitters and supporters of our fantastically-successful fundraiser.

Join the SF Shambhala Leadership for an evening of celebration, acknowledging the many sitters and supporters of our Sit-A-Thon.

The evening will include food, beverages, toasts and music as we celebrate our good fortune as a community, and show appreciation for all of the friends and family members who showed such kind support for our center.

November 27th, Coming Full Circle
With Brad Cazden

Presentation and discussion of the chapter Coming Full Circle from The Shambhala Principle. The Shambhala Principle is nothing short of an expression of the highest teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, yet at the same time employs ordinary language that anyone can understand. Please join us for an evening of sitting meditation and discussion that aims to connect the practice of mindfulness to teachings which may seem beyond our grasp, or too remote to be relevant.

Brad Cazden is a long-time meditator with an abiding wish to bring sitting meditation to everyone. Having facilitated meditation groups for the last 6 years, he has continually practiced with the view that everyone has inherent wisdom that they can discover for themselves.


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