Programs for Mid-Atlantic States USA Region

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Sadhana of Mahamudra (New Moon)

January 5th—December 26th

The Sadhana of Mahamudra, a liturgical text, is practiced on the new moon days. It was written with the expressed intention of overcoming the obstacles of spiritual materialism in our practice, our lives and the world. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany

Profound Treasury: The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion

September 9th—May 11th (2020)

Open to all, monthly discussion group meeting to discuss the material from Chögyam Trungpa's Profound Treasury, Volume Two: The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center Of New York

Advanced Buddhist Studies: Insight into Emptiness

with Derek Kolleeny

September 17th—December 17th

This course will be an in-depth exploration of the Middle Way view of the nature of reality as presented in the Tibetan Prasangika tradition. We will focus primarily on the method of the Geluk tradition as presentation in the fine book Insight into Emptin Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Meditation for Daily Living: A Course for Beginners

with Ciprian Iancu

September 30th—October 21st

This introductory course will explore both the principles and techniques of mindfulness meditation in a supportive group setting, and provide everything needed to help beginners establish a strong, regular meditation practice. Continue »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

Building Your Meditation Practice

with Shastri Alexander deVaron & Ellen Knapp

October 3rd—October 24th

This four-week class is designed to help new meditators (or those who would like re-set) develop a regular practice and bring the benefits of mindfulness to their daily lives.  Continue »

West Chester Shambhala Meditation Center

Introduction to Shambhala Meditation

with Seamus Mulryan

October 8th—October 22nd

Want to learn more about Shambhala? Sign up for our three-session class held on the first three Tuesday evenings of the month. In this class we introduce the principles of Shambhala Buddhism and the path toward a meaningful life. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany

Finding Your Rhythm - Contentment in Everyday Life

with Elissa Kane

October 10th—November 7th

This course provides an exploration of genuine contentment, the foundational views of the Buddhist teachings, and meditation in action for daily life. With meditation practice, we can learn to appreciate ourselves and simple human experiences, free from s Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Paul Benson

October 15th—November 12th

Open to all. The heart of meditation practice is learning to rest in the present moment and find contentment with what is going on around us. Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Waking Up: The Gradual Way and the Sudden Way

with Frank Berliner

October 17th—October 20th

During this weekend, we will look at our meditation journey through the steps of practicing with our hope and fear: abandoning our habit of identifying with them, transforming them into fearless awareness by working directly with their energy, and seeing Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany

The Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II

with Jeff Wigman

October 18th—October 20th - Date postponed or cancelled

Birth of the Warrior emphasizes how our habitual fear and anxiety can lose its power when confronted directly, in an atmosphere of gentleness. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center Of New York

Vajrayana Practice Weekend at Sky Lake

October 18th—October 20th

Held at Sky Lake Lodge, weekend retreat will include meditation, contemplation, discussion, and movement. Open to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color with all levels of meditation experience, from any tradition. Continue »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart

with Shastri Alexander deVaron

October 18th—October 20th - Date postponed or cancelled

Allowing our heart and intuition to open, it's possible to connect with and communicate more directly with the world, and thus feel more deeply into our experience of it. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Private Event

with Jayne Sutton

October 21st

The Center will be closed from 9 am to 12 noon for a private event. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center Of New York

Vajrayana Circle

October 22nd

All Vajrayana practitioners are warmly invited to an evening of community and practice. This is an opportunity to come together as a Vajrayana sangha at a time without a permanent space for regular practice. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center Of New York

BIPOC Sitting Group

with Naoko Kojima & Joy Gutierrez

October 23rd

The BIPOC Sitting Group provides a space for black, indigenous, and people of color in our sangha. Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

White Awake Baltimore Study Group

October 23rd—December 18th

Join other white-identifying people as we learn more about the realities of racism and the unintended impacts of white privilege so that we can consciously contribute to racial justice rather than unconsciously perpetuate patterns of harm. Continue »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

Facing Failure: Growing Up To Wake Up In The Dharma

with Rev. angel Kyodo williams

October 25th

Rev. angel Kyodo williams brings her unique voice to a presentation of buddhadharma. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Feel Human Again: Shambhala Training Level I

with Shastri Jerry Webster & Linda Montone

October 26th—October 27th

This urban retreat will introduce and deepen instruction on basic mindfulness meditation practice, and help new and experienced meditators alike incorporate practice into their daily lives. Continue »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

Radical Dharma Circle

with Rev. angel Kyodo williams

October 26th—October 27th

Encounter race where it lives in your life. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Playing with Mandalas: Art Workshop

with Thomas Baker & Mary Sehlinger

October 26th - Date postponed or cancelled

Shambhala Meditation Center Of New York

Profound Treasury Book Club

with Michele Laporte

October 26th

The Profound Treasury Book Club meets monthly to explore "The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma."  The three volumes of this extraordinary work present a complete map of the Tibetan Buddhist path from beginning to end, as taught by the Vidyadhara C Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center Of New York

Community Gathering with the Interim Governing Council

October 29th

As part of our ongoing goal of fostering connection, we invite you to a community gathering with the Interim Governing Council. Please come and share with us. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Making Friends With Yourself: Pema Chödrön Video Seminar

with Jayne Sutton

October 29th—December 10th

In this introductory video seminar, blending traditional Buddhist teachings with real-life stories, and deep insight into modern life, Pema shows how we can transcend the negative patterns and attachments that are at the root of our suffering. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center Of New York

Race, Racism & Racial Inequality Group

October 30th

The purpose of these meetings is to create a safe and brave space for honest conversations about race. Held monthly, this gathering is an open forum facilitated by the organizers with prompts for reflection, sharing, and discussion on the issues of race Continue »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

Overcoming Suffering: Essential Teachings of the Buddha

with Jonathan Herson

November 2nd

The Four Noble Truths provide insights to new students as well as experienced practitioners. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Making Friends with Yourself Retreat Full Week

with Shastri Shelley Heinz

November 2nd—November 9th

We will spend the week studying Pema Chodron's "Making Friends with Yourself" along with practices and contemplations. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Making Friends with Yourself: Weekend Only

with Shastri Shelley Heinz

November 2nd—November 3rd

Weekend Only - Making Friends with Yourself Retreat Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center Of New York

Community Nyinthun: Daylong Meditation Retreat

November 2nd

A nyinthun is a day-long meditation session: nyin is Tibetan for “day”, and thun means “session” of formal meditation. For meditators of all experience levels, this community nyinthun is a rare opportunity to take a day or half day to relax with ourselves Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center Of New York

Community Nyinthun: Morning Session

November 2nd

A nyinthun is a day-long meditation session: nyin is Tibetan for “day”, and thun means “session” of formal meditation. For meditators of all experience levels, this community nyinthun is a rare opportunity to take a day or half day to relax with ourselves Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Family Day and Bodhi School

November 3rd

Our theme for 2019-20 is "The Eightfold Path," the path to uproot the causes of our suffering. Join us for FAMILY DAY AND BODHI SCHOOL each month for children from age 2 years to High School, "Parenting as a Path" discussion group, and potluck lunch. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany

The Bodhisattva Warrior: The Six Paramitas

with Ellen Rook

November 5th—December 3rd

The bodhisattva—the renowned ideal of Mahayana Buddhism—is not a god or deity but a way of being we can all aspire to. As Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche explains, those who take the bodhisattva vow make one simple commitment: to put others first, holding nothin Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Learn to Meditate

November 6th

On the first Wednesday of each month, receive guided instruction in the fundamentals of meditation. First-time visitors as well as anyone seeking a refresher are welcome. Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training II: Discover Your Inner Warrior

with Jennifer Parde & Chris Kreeger

November 8th—November 10th

Shambhala Training Weekend II: Discover Your Inner Warrior builds on the foundation of the meditation practice that was introduced in Weekend I and explores how habitual ways of thinking obscure the raw brilliance of the world we live in. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Maitri: The Five Wisdom Energies

with Jonathan Kirkendall & Scott Perkins

November 8th—November 10th

This program will explore Vajrayana teachings on how to transform neurosis into wisdom. With friendliness and curiosity, we will explore our habitual styles and learn to experience the freshness of relating directly with perceptions and our world. Continue »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Jude Robison

November 9th—November 10th

Shambhala Training Level I is the beginning of the Way of Shambhala path - a series of weekend retreats and weekly companion courses that are an effective way for students of any tradition to learn to meditate. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center Of New York

Dharma Gathering

with Robert Stevens

November 12th

This open house is an opportunity to meditate in a supportive group setting, to learn about how to apply the principles of meditation to everyday life, and to meet and mingle with fellow New Yorkers interested in mindfulness. Bring your friends! Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center Of New York

BIPOC Sitting Group

with Naoko Kojima & Joy Gutierrez

November 13th

The BIPOC Sitting Group provides a space for black, indigenous, and people of color in our sangha. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany

Joy in Everyday Life

with Elissa Kane

November 14th—December 19th

Through study and practice of these teachings on discipline and the traditional Buddhist teachings of the Mahayana, we step out of the trap of our habitual patterns, free ourselves from confusion, and cultivate the noble heart of compassion. Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

The Four Seals

with Mark Beckstrom & Jennifer Yarbro

November 15th—November 17th

This program will examine the four foundational truths of Buddhism. It is intended for both the person beginning to explore Buddhism as well as the experienced student. In that light, it is intended to be both a gateway to, and a deepening of, one’s path. Continue »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

Working with Emotions or How to Make Friends with Yourself

with Jean Plough

November 16th

Through the practice of meditation we can understand our experiences and gain insights from our emotions. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center Of New York

Race, Racism & Racial Inequality Group

November 18th

The purpose of these meetings is to create a safe and brave space for honest conversations about race. Held monthly, this gathering is an open forum facilitated by the organizers with prompts for reflection, sharing, and discussion on the issues of race Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center Of New York

Community Sitting

with Shastri Elizabeth Reid & Shastri Sheila Bascetta

November 19th

Community sitting is an opportunity to meditate in a supportive group setting as a way to help deepen our practice as individuals and as a community. For meditators of all experience levels, this community sitting is an opportunity to unplug, relax with o Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

True Perception: The Path of Dharma Art

with Shastri Jerry Webster

November 22nd—November 24th

Direct, awake expression, from which great art springs, can occur in every aspect of everyday life. This program will introduce participants to the discipline of meditative art in the work of artists both Western and Eastern, ancient and contemporary. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany

Warrior in the World: Shambhala Training Level III

with Jeff Wigman

November 22nd—November 24th

In level III, we make an effort to bring the mindfulness and awareness cultivated during our meditation practice into all aspects of our daily life. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center Of New York

Community Gathering with the Interim Governing Council

November 26th

As part of our ongoing goal of fostering connection, we invite you to a community gathering with the Interim Governing Council. Please come and share with us. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Learn to Meditate

December 4th

On the first Wednesday of each month, receive guided instruction in the fundamentals of meditation. First-time visitors as well as anyone seeking a refresher are welcome. Continue »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

Kado - Rigden School of Ikebana with Marcia Wang Shibata

with Artist to the Court Marcia Shibata

December 6th—December 8th

Discover and cultivate the source of creativity. Learn how to express this in flower arranging. Kado is a meditative, contemplative understanding of self, nature, space and perception. Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Children's Day

December 8th

Children's Day provides a special opportunity to celebrate our children and to bring warmth, light, and cheerfulness into the darkest time of the year. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany

Learn to Meditate - Weekend Edition

with Mr. Ryu Yoshida

December 8th

Weekend version of Learn to Meditate class. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center Of New York

Dharma Gathering

with Hope Martin

December 10th

This open house is an opportunity to meditate in a supportive group setting, to learn about how to apply the principles of meditation to everyday life, and to meet and mingle with fellow New Yorkers interested in mindfulness. Bring your friends! Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center Of New York

Race, Racism & Racial Inequality Group

December 12th

The purpose of these meetings is to create a safe and brave space for honest conversations about race. Held monthly, this gathering is an open forum facilitated by the organizers with prompts for reflection, sharing, and discussion on the issues of race Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Social Presencing Theater

with Acharya Arawana Hayashi

December 14th—December 15th

Social Presencing Theater is a series of practices developed under the leadership of Arawana Hayashi for the Presencing Institute. An art form based on mindfulness and awareness, it explores the creative potential of individuals and of groups. Continue »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

A Day of Listening

with Shastri Alexander deVaron

December 14th

Take a listening journey, mixing experiential exercises with meditation practice, talks and discussion. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany

Sit, Walk, Write: Contemplative Writing Retreat

with Ellen Rook

December 15th

Inspired by Natalia Goldberg's 'The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language,' join us for a day of meditation, movement and writing retreat. Half day participants welcome. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center Of New York

Community Sitting

with Shastri Elizabeth Reid & Shastri Sheila Bascetta

December 17th

Community sitting is an opportunity to meditate in a supportive group setting as a way to help deepen our practice as individuals and as a community. For meditators of all experience levels, this community sitting is an opportunity to unplug, relax with o Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany

Mindful Singing - Joining Mindfulness and Song

with Damian Ubriaco

December 18th

Mindfulness brings us into the fullness of the moment. Singing infuses our being with vibrant energy. Imagine the possibilities when we bring these two activities together! Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center Of New York

BIPOC Sitting Group

with Naoko Kojima & Joy Gutierrez

December 18th

The BIPOC Sitting Group provides a space for black, indigenous, and people of color in our sangha. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center Of New York

Winter Weekthun at Sky Lake: Dharma Art and Co-Creating Good Communities

with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson & Acharya Arawana Hayashi

December 27th—January 3rd (2020)

Take a trip to Sky Lake for the annual week-long meditation intensive, an opportunity to fully immerse oneself in mindfulness meditation. This week-long program is open to all, beginning and experienced meditators. Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Family Day and Bodhi School

January 5th (2020)

Our theme for 2019-20 is "The Eightfold Path," the path to uproot the causes of our suffering. Join us for FAMILY DAY AND BODHI SCHOOL each month for children from age 2 years to High School, "Parenting as a Path" discussion group, and potluck lunch. Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Weekend III: Warrior in the World

January 10th—January 12th (2020)

Shambhala Training Weekend III is the third retreat weekend in the highly acclaimed Shambhala Training curriculum. Completion of Shambhala Training Weekend II is a prerequisite for this program. "To be a warrior is to learn to be genuine in every moment Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Art, Part I & II

with Jennifer Parde

January 17th—January 19th (2020)

Shambhala Art can be seen as a process, a product, and an arts education program. As a process, it brings wakefulness and awareness to the creative and viewing processes through the integration of contemplation and meditation. Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Family Day and Bodhi School

February 2nd (2020)

Our theme for 2019-20 is "The Eightfold Path," the path to uproot the causes of our suffering. Join us for FAMILY DAY AND BODHI SCHOOL each month for children from age 2 years to High School, "Parenting as a Path" discussion group, and potluck lunch. Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Sadhana of Mahamudra

with Chris Kreeger & Edward Hargadon

March 20th—March 22nd (2020)

Composed by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in a sacred cave in Bhutan in 1968, the Sadhana of Mahamudra was an important turning point in his presentation of the Buddhist teachings in the West. It is written for modern times, with the expressed Continue »