Spark your heart and mind through the practice of meditation.

Established in 1971, 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.



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.


View our Monthly Calendar of Classes and Retreats


Keep connected locally and globally →

meditation above

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.
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
9:00 AM – 10:00 a.m.

Umdze/Time-keeper Sign-up

header56-DSC04273Please click on this link to offer your time as an Umdze or check our Umdze Volunteer Calendar!

Featured Programs

Harvest of Peace

September 19th

Harvest of Peace, held around the time of the autumn equinox, is an opportunity for local communities to gather, hear teachings by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and celebrate the riches of our local cultures and heritage. Continue »

"The Road Home" Talk and Book Signing

with Shastri Ethan Nichtern

September 24th

Shastri Nichtern talks about his newest book - "The Road Home." Books will be available for purchase. Continue »

Social Presencing Theater

with Acharya Arawana Hayashi

October 2nd—October 4th

Acharya Arawana Hayashi brings her brilliant teaching for a weekend of exploring mind, body, and meditation. This is a Dick North Memorial program - no program fee will be charged. Continue »

Touching Melancholy - Making Peace with Existence

with Jeff Wigman

October 10th

"It is possible to cheer up. Good heavens! Please believe me. It is possible to cheer up in all sorts of different ways, and it is absolutely possible to cheer up the world." Chögyam Trungpa Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with David Rook

October 16th—October 18th

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 »

Recent News