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Who We Are

Shambhala is a global community of people inspired by the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature, our innate wisdom, can be developed so that it benefits our own lives and helps meet the many challenges facing the world. Shambhala vision tells us that we can experience a natural source of radiance and brilliance in the world, which is the innate wakefulness of human beings.

We offer a path of medistation practice and contemplative arts in order to cultivate kindness, bravery, and genuine dialogue. Our vision is to inspire compassionate, sustainable, and just human societies.

What we do

Meditation is a natural state of the human mind—at rest, open, alert. Undertaken as a steady practice, meditation allows the mind to relax and settle. It encourages our inherent qualities of stability, clarity and mental strength to emerge.

Learn to Meditate



Our Meetings

Community Sit Tuesdays, 6-6:40 p.m.
We invite anyone to join us in coming together for sitting meditation, a short spiritual reading, and discussion at:
The Wisdom Center of Santa Cruz, The Galleria #155, 740 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Our meetings are free of charge. Donations are gratefully accepted.


For an outline of the Shambhala path and teachings, contact:
Or call 510.862.4506

Our Teachers

SakyongThe ancient kingdom of Shambhala was the result of unique teachings on enlightened society that the Buddha gave personally to King Dawa Sangpo, the first sovereign of Shambhala. These instructions have been preserved over the centuries and are held by a hereditary lineage of teachers that hold the title "Sakyong." It is a royal title that means "Earth Protector." The current lineage holder is Sakyong, Jampal Trinley Dradül.

TrungpaChögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

The first Sakyong in modern times was the Tibetan meditation master, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Having witnessed the demise of his own culture, and how full of turmoil and pain the world was, Chögyam Trungpa came to realize that the ancient teachings of Shambhala were more relevant and necessary then ever. He began to present a societal vision based on the Shambhala principle that proclaims the inherent goodness of all humanity. Chögyam Trungpa felt that if humanity wished to create a better world, it would need to base its approach on global respect for fundamental human dignity.

Updated 7/26/18