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.
9:00 – 10:00 a.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

Shambhala Day - Sadhana of Mahamudra

February 9th

Join us on the actual Shambhala Day, and New Year of the Fire Monkey! Open to all, a sadhana is a spiritual practice that allows us to experience ourselves and the world beyond the narrow confines of ego's cocoon. Continue »

Shambhala Day Celebration (Buddhist New Year)

February 13th

Whether you are new to Shambhala or you’re an old friend, come help us celebrate the Year of the Fire Monkey. Meditation, activities for families, address by the Sakyong and potluck lunch. and welcome in the Tibetan Year of the Fire Monkey! Continue »

Pema Chodron: Losing Our Appetite for Aggression

with Acharya Pema Chödron

February 16th—March 15th

Video teachings by Pema Chodron on staying with the dynamic energy of agression. Each evening includes facilitated discussion. Sign up for the entire series or drop in for one evening. Continue »

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”), a profound but extremely practical method for penetrating daily life situations with moments of wakefulness. Continue »

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Cynthia Levine & Jeff Wigman

February 25th—March 24th

The meditator's instruction manual. Learn how to cultivate strength, stability, and clarity of mind in this 5-week course. Continue »

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    What is the Heart of Recovery?

    You may have noticed Heart of Recovery on the Center schedule Monday evening at 7:00 PM. What is the Heart of Recovery? Who is it for? The Heart of Recovery is a meditation and discussion group bringing together Shambhala Buddhist meditation practice with our individual paths of recovery from compulsive thoughts and behaviors. Meetings are … Continue