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 »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

A Year of Deepening in Compassion Part I: The Four Limitless Ones

February 10th—April 21st

The Shambhala Acharyas lead the community in a year long series of talks, contemplative and meditation practices from the Buddhist Mahayana teachings, the path of the bodhisattva warrior. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Thursday Night Dharma Gathering

February 14th—June 27th

A community event for Shambhala members and newcomers—please invite your friends! Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Shambhala Sadhana Full Moon Practice

February 18th—December 12th

These Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Practices are open to our entire sangha community, Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany

Joy in Everyday Life

with Elissa Kane

February 28th—March 28th

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

Maitri: Five Wisdom Energies

with Jennifer Parde

February 28th—March 28th

The five wisdom energies, also known as the five Buddha families, are both the building blocks of our egos and the expression of our wisdom. This class will allow us to experience these energies and explore their manifestation in the elements, Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Shastri Shelley Heinz & Mary Jo Gatton

March 4th—April 1st

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Lineage & Devotion

with Chris Kreeger

March 26th—April 23rd

It’s hard to imagine a spiritual practitioner, involved in their spiritual path for a considerable time, who does not, at some point, take up the question of where to put their heart. Once this question arises, it is settled neither quickly nor once and f Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Joy in Everyday Life

with Chris Montone

March 26th—April 23rd

How can we find a genuine source of energy and inspiration? In this class we’ll explore the meaning of joy, the discovery of inspiration, and learn practical methods for developing kindness toward ourselves and others. Open to everyone. Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Is Enlightened Society Possible?

with Dr. Shante Smalls

March 29th—March 31st

Is Enlightened Society possible? In this weekend, participants will explore what the Shambhala concept of Enlightened Society might look like and how they may manifest it in a local and sustained manner. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany

Community Field Trip to the Guggenheim

March 30th

Join us for a field trip the Guggenheim in NYC to see the Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future exhibit. It is amazing! Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Sacred Path: Drala

with Shastri Jerry Webster

March 31st—April 23rd

Drala is the second program in a new Sacred Path pilot, a community study of the living Shambhala Terma. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Training the Mind and Awakening the Heart: The Practice of Lojong

with Christian Gregory & Jayne Sutton

April 1st—May 6th

Lojong—which means ‘mind training’ in Tibetan—provides a potent framework for bringing kindness and compassion into daily life. These teachings are an indispensable set of tools for cultivating the awakened heart of compassion and wisdom. Continue »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

Feast and Quote-a-Thon in Observance of Chögyam Trungpa's Parinirvana

April 4th

Commemorating the parinirvana of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche we'll practice the Sadhana of Mahamudra feast, including quotes by him that are our personal favorites. Continue »

West Chester Shambhala Meditation Center

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Aaron de Long

April 4th—May 2nd

An introductory course focusing on cultivating a gentle and friendly relationship with our everyday lives. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Learn to Meditate

with Anyana Banerjee

April 4th

On the first Thursday 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

Baltimore Shambhala Women's Group

April 6th

All women are welcome to join the Baltimore Shambhala Women's Group for our monthly gathering! Light breakfast & socializing starts at 9am; participant-led program is 10-11:30 am. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Parinirvana Day Sadhana of Mahamudra Feast

April 6th

On the anniversary of the parinirvana of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the community is invited to practice the Sadhana of Mahamudra feast. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany

Sit, Walk, Write: Half-Day Contemplative Writing Retreat

with Ellen Rook

April 7th

Inspired by Natalia Goldberg's 'The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language,' join us for a morning meditation, movement and writing retreat. All welcome, Instruction will be provided. Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Family Day and Bodhi School

April 7th

Our theme for 2018-2019 is "Kindness, Community, and the Wisdom of the Elements." 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 »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

with Acharya Eric Spiegel & Thomas Berthoff

April 12th—April 14th

This training is open to all who have taken Shambhala Training Levels I and II. In this training, we work to bring the mindfulness and awareness cultivated during our meditation practice into all aspects of our daily life. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

April 12th—April 14th

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

with Shastri Jerry Webster

April 13th—April 14th

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 »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany

Learn to Meditate - Weekend Edition

with Ryu Yoshida

April 21st

Weekend version of Learn to Meditate class. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

April 23rd—May 21st - Date postponed or cancelled

This course presents practical tools for understanding and transforming fear, and shares the view that fear can serve as an opportunity to develop unconditional confidence. Prerequisite: Joy in Everyday Life Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Mindfulness and Singing

with Shastri Alexander deVaron

April 26th—April 27th

Through mixing mindfulness and singing, we synchronize body, speech and mind, and reveal our innate human goodness. This workshop will include meditation practice, individual vocal exploration, group warm-ups, improvisation, rounds and songs. Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Weekend III: Warrior in the World

with Jennifer Parde & Paul Benson

April 26th—April 28th

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 »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Mindfulness and Singing (Friday Night Talk Only)

with Shastri Alexander deVaron

April 26th

Join us for a introductory talk on mixing mindfulness and singing as a means to synchronize body, speech and mind. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

A Weekend of Contemplative Arts

with Shastri Alexander deVaron

April 26th—April 28th

In two workshops, this weekend of contemplative arts will explore bringing mindfulness to singing and awakening our sense perceptions for building resilience and enjoying life. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany

Social Meditation with Nick Kranz

with Shastri Nick Kranz

April 26th—April 28th

The foundation of enlightened society is being unashamed of who you are. This weekend intensive will be an exploration in creating enlightened culture through the practice of social meditation, a newly evolving way to experience meditation as a form of cu Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Coming to Our Senses

with Shastri Alexander deVaron

April 28th

Reducing stress and building resilience doesn't have to be a solitary project. We can invite the world to help us. This workshop will mix brief talks, discussion, experiential exercises and meditation. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany

Meditation and the Creative Mind: Coming to Our Senses

with Ellen Rook

May 2nd—May 23rd

Discover a path to genuine spontaneity and unselfconscious expression in this four-week course that offers both meditation and meditation-in-action exercises all designed to help you better connect to the presence of things, the world, and yourself. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Learn to Meditate

with Beth Hook

May 2nd

On the first Thursday 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

Baltimore Shambhala Women's Group

May 4th

All women are welcome to join the Baltimore Shambhala Women's Group for our monthly gathering! Light breakfast & socializing starts at 9am; participant-led program is 10-11:30 am. Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Community Gathering - Haiku Hike at the Cylburn Arboretum

May 5th

Our theme for 2018-2019 is "Kindness, Community, and the Wisdom of the Elements." 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 »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

A Year of Deepening in Compassion Part 2: The Six Paramitas

May 5th—July 14th

The Shambhala Acharyas lead the community in a year long series of talks, contemplative and meditation practices from the Buddhist Mahayana teachings, the path of the bodhisattva warrior. Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Wisdom in Everyday Life

May 7th—June 4th

Meditation sharpens our intelligence and uncovers our wisdom. Students will receive practical instructions for transforming confused emotions and situations into effective actions as they arise. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Awakened Heart: Shambhala Training Level IV

May 10th—May 12th - Date postponed or cancelled

In Awakened Heart, our natural curiosity takes us deeper as our hearts open and we learn to communicate with our world, allowing ourselves to be touched without closing down in fear. Prerequisite: Warrior in the World – Shambhala Training Level III Continue »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Art Part 3 - The Creative Process

with Shastri Alexander deVaron

May 10th—May 11th

Facing a blank piece of paper, an empty stage, an idle instrument, or an unplanted garden, we welcome the open space of not knowing. Part Three explores how man connects heaven and earth through calligraphies and object arrangements. Continue »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Jonathan Herson

May 17th—May 19th

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 »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Baltimore Shambhala Women's Group

June 1st

All women are welcome to join the Baltimore Shambhala Women's Group for our monthly gathering! Light breakfast & socializing starts at 9am; participant-led program is 10-11:30 am. Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Weekend Level IV: Awakened Heart

with Edward Hargadon

June 7th—June 9th

In Shambhala Training Weekend IV: Awakened Heart, we learn how to open our hearts so we can communicate more fully with the world. Rather than using our experiences as an occasion to regenerate habitual patterns, we can use them as reminders to further wa Continue »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

Hard Times: Simple Courage & Natural Bravery - Weekend

with Jude Robison

June 22nd—June 23rd

In this weekend retreat, you will explore the sitting practice of meditation, along with contemplative practice and embodied exercises,You can work with the retreat leader to customize your sitting time and practice days. Continue »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

Hard Times: Simple Courage & Natural Bravery

with Jude Robison

June 22nd—June 28th

In this week-long retreat, you will explore the sitting practice of meditation, along with contemplative practice and embodied exercises,You can work with the retreat leader to customize your sitting time and practice days. Continue »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

Hard Times: Simple Courage & Natural Bravery - Weekdays

with Jude Robison

June 24th—June 28th

In this weekday retreat, you will explore the sitting practice of meditation, along with contemplative practice and embodied exercises,You can work with the retreat leader to customize your sitting time and practice days. Continue »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

Hard Times: Simple Courage & Natural Bravery - Day 4

with Jude Robison

June 25th

In this week-long retreat, you will explore the sitting practice of meditation, along with contemplative practice and embodied exercises,You can work with the retreat leader to customize your sitting time and practice days. Continue »