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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

Sunday Morning Sitting - Last Sunday of each month

May 22nd—June 25th (2017)

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

The Road Home by Ethan Nichtern - A Book Discussion

August 20th—January 21st (2017)

A bi-weekly book discussion of The Road Home, by Shastri Ethan Nichtern, facilitated by meditation practitioner, Susan Giering. Continue »

Joy in Everyday Life - A Video Course Facilitated by Virginia Fisher, Damian Ubriaco, and Elissa Kane

November 22nd—December 20th

Through study and practice of these teachings on discipline and the traditional Buddhist teachings of the Mahayana, we step out of the trap of our habitual patterns, free ourselves from confusion, and cultivate the noble heart of compassion. Continue »

Level 2 Re-Fresher

with Jeff Wigman

December 10th

Is your cocoon getting cramped and musty? Give it some air in this Level 2 follow-up day. Continue »

Children's Day Celebration in Albany

December 18th

Join us in celebrating the winter solstice with the children of the sangha. All are invited to delight in family and children. 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