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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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

The Joy of Being Present

with Shastri Ellen Rook

December 5th

Discover the joy of developing your innate qualities of mindfulness and awareness. Open to all. Continue »

Sukhavati for Rita Gross

December 6th

Traditional Shambhala Buddhist funeral ceremony for Rita Gross. Anyone who feels a connection with her is warmly invited to attend. We will practice together and celebrate her life and works. Continue »

Leadership & Social Meditation

with Shastri Nicholas Kranz

December 18th—December 20th

The foundation of enlightened society is being unashamed of who you are. The practice of social meditation illuminates our individual and collective goodness by providing a form for deep mindfulness and awareness in social interaction. Continue »

Sunday Morning Sitting - Monthly

December 27th

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

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

with Frank Ryan

January 22nd—January 24th (2016)

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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