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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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

Monthly Mind Training Slogan (Lojong) Study Group

February 24th—December 28th

Monthly group open to all focusing on the famous Buddhist slogans of Lojong (mind training). All welcome. Our next meeting is July 27: "Three objects, three poisons, and three seeds of virtue." Continue »

Summer Shambhala Sadhana Practice

with Shastri Ellen Rook

June 20th—August 18th

Practice, conversation and community open to the Shambhala Center community and their families. This is offered once a month at the full moon. Continue »

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 »

Pema Chödrön DVD Series - Title and Topic To Be Announced

September 15th—October 13th

DVD series presents talks by Pema Chödrön, Buddhist nun and master teacher. 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