Being satisfied with what we already have is a magical golden key to being alive in a full, unrestricted and inspired way.

Pema Chödrön, The Wisdom of No Escape


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New to Shambhala?

Our local center, centrally located just south of downtown Austin, offers free meditation instruction and public meditation hours. We have several ongoing introductory classes.

Katie Baingbridge

Core Curriculum

The Way of Shambhala is an extensive path of training in authentic meditation practices and wisdom teachings. Contemplative Arts comprise a number of secular disciplines and activities, including flower arranging and photography.

Featured Programs

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Lauren Newton & Melinda Rothouse

August 5th—September 2nd

This 5-week course teaches mindfulness meditation and shows us how this practice can improve our daily lives in the most practical sense. We experience what happens when we stop avoiding ourselves and the present moment and practice simply being with what Continue »

Basic Goodness I: Who Am I?

with Shastri Larry Higgins & Shastri Iris Ramos

September 9th—October 14th

The Basic Goodness Series courses are interactive and aspire to create a learning environment where the teachings are intimate, and also relevant to the times in which we live. The classes are open to everyone, without prerequisites, although it is recomm Continue »

Miksang I: Touching the Phenomenal World

with Jake Lorfing & Jessica Winslow

September 13th—September 14th

Miksang, or “good eye” in Tibetan, is a process of learning to synchronize mind and body, allowing one to open to the world without labeling or evaluating. Continue »

Do I Need a Spiritual Teacher?

September 26th

Author and Buddhist teacher, Ethan Nichtern will be in Austin to give a talk and lead a discussion that is open to all. Continue »

Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Ethan Nichtern

September 27th—September 28th

Ethan Nichtern is a Shastri, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. At 35, he is currently the youngest empowered Senior Teacher in the global Shambhala community. He is also the founder of the Interdependence Project, a nonprofit organizat Continue »