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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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New to Shambhala?

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

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 »

"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 »

Mindful Learning - A Book Discussion

September 21st—October 19th

Join educators and parents for this five week book discussion of Mindful Learning, by Dr. Craig Hassed and Dr. Richard Chambers, facilitated by classroom teacher and meditation practitioner, Damian Ubriaco. Continue »

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

with Shastri Ellen Rook & Janet Romaine

September 30th—October 2nd

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 »

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Shastri Ellen Rook

October 4th—November 1st

"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." 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