Learn to Meditate

Our building is closed, but our community is open and ready to meet you where you are. We offer free instruction live online and many introductory programs.

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.

Stronger Together in the Midst of Hardship

Due to the coronavirus, all our buildings are closed and all events are online. Please do not enter a building without permission from the center director. We are monitoring reports from health professionals to determine when it will be safe for us to resume in-person events.

It is easy to feel disoriented, fearful and lonely in times such as this. Please use technology to maintain connections with one another and allow space for your practice, reading, cooking, gardening, or other things you have always wished you had time for. This is a good time to embrace the essence of teachings we have received: equanimity, lovingkindness, patience, generosity, discipline and skillful actions toward ourselves and others. We have a large number of online programs that are more accessible than ever. Please join in!

As the weeks proceed we may feel increasingly impatient, weary or discouraged. If you could use a listening ear, please contact David Maynard, the head of our Societal Health & Wellbeing group, at [email protected].

— Lauren Newton, center director

Featured Programs

Wednesday Free Meditation Instruction

July 8th

ONLINE! Meditation instruction is available to anyone, free of charge. Continue »

Start Where You Are... and Keep Going

July 8th

ONLINE! Meditation practice support open to anyone who has attended one of our Free Meditation Instruction sessions. Continue »

Wednesday Evening Meditation & Conversations About Buddhism

July 8th

ONLINE! Please join us for public meditation practice and a facilitated group discussion via Zoom. Continue »

People of Color Meditation Group

July 10th

ONLINE! A group exploration for people who self identify as people of color working with how we have been affected by race, ethnicity or any other aspects of our being that serve to construct or build our identity. Continue »

Compassion to Inner Awareness

with Acharya Moh Hardin

July 12th

ONLINE: In this talk and discussion, we will explore how every teaching and practice of dharma arises as an expression of compassion in order to awaken the innate wisdom within every human being. Continue »

White Tara Practice Session

July 13th

ONLINE! Please join us for the healing, soothing practice of White Tara. Continue »

Foundations for Freedom: The Hinayana - Course II: The Second Noble Truth: The 5 Skandhas

with Acharya Dale Asrael & Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

July 16th—August 20th

This series of courses provides an in-depth exploration of the foundational Buddhist teachings of the Hinayana through the lens of the Shambhala terma teachings. Continue »

The Heroic Challenge of Inclusivity: Embracing the Mythical Coward - A Regional Practice Intensive

with Shastri Iris Ramos

August 20th—August 23rd

In this time of increased awareness of the worldwide systemization of racial inequalities, the ballooning COVID-19 pandemic and great personal hardships, this practice intensive will emphasize the profound importance of being present, as well as the impor Continue »