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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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

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Jeff Wigman

October 1st—October 29th

"Suffering is a result of roaming, the urge to keep looking for an external source of happiness. Much of our stress these days is caused by simple lack of contentment." -Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche Continue »

Touching Melancholy - Making Peace with Existence

with Jeff Wigman

October 10th

"It is possible to cheer up. Good heavens! Please believe me. It is possible to cheer up in all sorts of different ways, and it is absolutely possible to cheer up the world." Chögyam Trungpa Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with David Rook

October 16th—October 18th

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 »

Energy and Space: The Practice of Calligraphy

with Yeachin Tsai

October 24th

Calligraphy can be a powerful way to meet the vividness and spontaneity of the present moment. Discover how to synchronize mind and body in this hands-on workshop. Continue »

Social Presenting Theater Practice Group

November 7th

After a wonderful workshop in Social Presencing Theater with Arawana Hayashi, we'll gather to practice together these very simple but compelling tools to build greater awareness. All invited. Continue »

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