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

The Road Home by Ethan Nichtern - A Book Discussion

August 20th—October 1st

A bi-weekly book discussion of The Road Home, by Shastri Ethan Nichtern, facilitated by meditation practitioner, Susan Giering. Continue »

Jesus & Buddha: A Video By John Ankele

September 10th

Is it possible to profess both Christianity and Buddhism? A growing number of people say, “Yes.” The new documentary Jesus and Buddha: Practicing Across Traditions focuses on three distinguished teachers who are leading the way. Continue »

"Walk the Walk" A Pema Chödrön DVD Series (Omega 2013)

September 15th—October 6th

DVD series presents "Walk the Walk" by Pema Chödrön, Buddhist nun and master teacher. Continue »

Contemplative Writing: From Inhibit to Inhabit, Shifting Judgement to Discernment

with Aidan Thompson & Shastri Ellen Rook

September 17th

Bringing discernment and creativity together in the writing process. New and experienced writers welcome. Continue »

"Losing Our Appetite for Aggression" a Pema video and discussion facilitated by Kathy Kelly and Lena Andersson

September 20th

Video teachings by Pema Chodron on staying with the dynamic energy of aggression. The evening includes a brief meditation and facilitated discussion. 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