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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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 June 22: "Sending and taking should be practiced alternately. These two should ride the breath. Continue »

Social Presencing Theater Practice Group

March 11th—May 27th

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 »

Calling All Umdzes, Meditation Instructors, Assistant Directors & Guides

with Shastri Ellen Rook

May 2nd

Greetings Timekeepers, Meditation Instructors, Assistant Directors and Meditation Guides! How grateful we are for the commitment you make to meditation practice and to volunteering at the Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany. Continue »

June Shambhala Sadhana Practice

with Shastri Ellen Rook

May 21st

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

Awakening Loving Kindness

with Shastri Ellen Rook

June 18th

Morning workshop on the first of the Four Immeasurables: May All Beings Enjoy Hapiness and the Root of Hapiness, which focuses on awakening of maitri, or loving kindness. Open to all. 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