New to Shambhala?

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

Changes Due to COVID-19

The Austin Shambhala Center is currently closed. All on-site events are indefinitely suspended in order to mitigate the spread of the virus.  We will be monitoring reports from local, state and national health advisors to determine when it is safe for us to resume programming.

Please check our website regularly in order to learn about meetings and programs we are offering online.

It’s easy to feel disoriented, fearful and lonely in times such as this. Please use technology (phones, Zoom, Skype) to reach out to one another. This is also a good time to practice, read, do home retreats, garden, cook, take walks, clean that closet, and all those things we always said we wish we had more time to do. It is a good time to invoke the essence of the teachings we have received and give them a good test run: equanimity, lovingkindness, patience, generosity, discipline and skillful actions toward ourselves and others.

If you need special support, please contact David Maynard, head of Societal Health & Wellbeing, at [email protected]  This will likely be a very challenging time, especially as the weeks proceed. Please reach out for support!

Lauren Newton, center director

Featured Programs

Young Meditators Group

June 4th

ONLINE! The Young Meditators Group welcomes anyone in Austin between 18 and 39 who is curious about or committed to meditation and community Continue »

Sunday Morning Meditation, Dharma Talk & Discussion

with Adam Sultan

June 7th

ONLINE Zoom Meditation Gathering Continue »

Kids First!!

June 7th

ONLINE! Meditation instruction and mindfulness activities for children. Continue »

Guided Tonglen Practice Session

June 8th

Please join us for the healing practice of Tonglen Continue »

Heart of Recovery

June 8th

ONLINE! We welcome all Twelve Step participants who have an interest in combining the principles of their program of recovery with Buddhist teachings and practices. Continue »