An invitation to Shantideva Sangha

Dear community,

We are happy to share that a new practice center in the Plum Village tradition is available for Plum Village sanghas to organize days of mindfulness and similar activities.

Shantideva Monastery is located on a few beautiful, hilly acres in Castro Valley, just east of Hayward, and about a 1-hour drive from San Francisco, Berkeley, or San Jose. The address is 30345 Palomares Road, Castro Valley, CA 94552.

If you want to arrange a practice day for your sangha at Shantideva, please email Ven. Thich Tu Luc ( and cc Dylan Tweney (

There is also a monthly meeting of Shantideva Sangha at this location. We are a group of lay mindfulness practitioners who enjoy practicing in the Plum Village tradition, with chanting in both Vietnamese and English. We invite anyone in the community to join our practice from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following dates (generally the 3rd Saturday of each month):

  • July 20
  • September 7
  • October 19
  • November 16

These dates are all listed on the NorCal Sanghas event calendar.

We extend a special invitation to OI members, OI aspirants, OI-curious people, sangha facilitators, and anyone interested in helping build the NorCal sangha community.

We aspire that Shantideva (the sangha and the monastery) will become a resource and anchor for our broad and diverse Bay Area and Northern California community.

May you be happy,

Thich Tu Luc, Dylan Tweney and Isabelle YenChi Chappuis