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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!

Monday:
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday:
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday:
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday:
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Friday:
9:00 – 10:00 a.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

Sunday Morning Sitting - Last Sunday of each month

May 22nd—June 25th

You're welcome to join us for meditation practice every last Sunday of the month, 9 AM - Noon. Continue »

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Jeff Wigman

January 12th—February 9th

Learning to work with our anxiety, we are not blocked by fear. Through an exploration of the Buddhist teachings of mind and the nature of reality, we learn to see clearly. Continue »

Take care of yourself with Jin Shin Jyutsu.

with Ryu Yoshida

January 28th—February 5th

Jin Shin Jyutsu is a Japanese healing art that releases stress and supports our immune systems, helping us to prevent and recover from colds and other winter ailments. It also helps to relieve conditions such as insomnia, headaches, cramping and many oth Continue »

Meditation and Posture Workshop

with Shastri Elizabeth Reid

February 3rd—February 4th

Open to all. There will be breakout session for meditation instructors and Shambhala guides. Continue »

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

with Dori Digenti

February 10th—February 12th

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 »

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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