Spark your heart and mind through the practice of meditation.

Established in 1981, the Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany is part of an international community of meditation and rural retreat centers founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Our center, located in Albany, NY, offers daily public meditation, a core curriculum of Buddhist and Shambhala teachings, as well as training in advanced contemplative practices. We invite you to explore our diverse programs designed to help people of all traditions discover their inherent clarity, gentleness and humor.



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Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Learn about our vision, lineage & community.


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Public Meditation Schedule

Join us at open meditation or for an introduction at our Learn To Meditate program!

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
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5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
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Monthly Half-Day Meditation Program

A wonderful opportunity to deepen your practice. Join us on the last Sunday of every month – 9am-Noon. This session will includes sitting and walking mediation. Feel free to attend all or part of the program.

Featured Programs

"Awakening From the Daydream - The Wheel of Life" A Talk and Book Signing by Author David Nichtern.

with David Nichtern

October 28th

Come to a Lecture, Booksigning & Reception with David Nichtern for his new book: "Awakening From The Daydream: Reimagining The Buddha's Wheel of Life" Continue »

"Awakening From the Daydream - The Wheel of Life" A Workshop Based on the New Book by David Nichtern

with David Nichtern

October 29th

Join us for a workshop with David Nichtern based on his new book "Awakening From the Daydream" based upon the ancient teachings of The Wheel of Life describing the psychological states we all fall into. Continue »

Leadership & Social Meditation

with Shastri Nick Kranz

November 4th—November 6th

The foundation of enlightened society is being unashamed of who you are. The practice of social meditation illuminates our individual and collective goodness by providing a form for deep mindfulness and awareness in social interaction. Continue »

Election Night Meditation and Discussion

with Shastri Ellen Rook

November 8th

An opportunity to practice sitting meditation, tonglen, equanimity, and compassionate conversation as the polls close on the 2016 Presidential race. Continue »

Birthday Celebration for Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

November 15th

Celebrate the Sakyong's birthday with Shambhala Sadhana and refreshments! Continue »

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    Yoga at Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany with Chuck George

    Shambhala Meditation Center is located in downtown Albany near Washington Park. The center offers a number of programs to, as they say, make “enlightened society a possibility.” Programs range from full weekend retreats to classes in meditation, philosophy, chanting, and even yoga. Seva Highlight: Chuck George and Yoga at Shambhala Meditation Center