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

Introductory Ikebana Workshop

with Shastri Ellen Rook

July 12th

Introduction to the art and practice of arranging flowers in the Sogetsu Ikebana tradition. Open to all. Continue »

Learn to Meditate: Weekend Edition

July 15th

If you’re looking to reduce your stress level, find just a little bit of peace, settle the confusion in your life or connect with your spiritual side … try meditation. Join us for group instruction in sitting meditation practice and an introduction to the Continue »

Discovering Elegance Film by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

July 17th

Discovering Elegance is a film directed by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. In it, he demonstrates the art of design, calligraphy, flower arrangement, and object placement in preparing an environmental art exhibit at the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art Continue »

Mindful Singing

July 18th

Singing as mindfulness practice, like silent meditation, is a way of discovering and training different elements of our being. It’s also a lot of fun, and can have a profound impact on our state of mind. Join us in song. All are welcome! Continue »

Sit, Walk, Write: A Half Day Contemplative Writing Retreat

with Shastri Ellen Rook

July 28th

Inspired by Natalia Goldberg's 'The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language,' join us for a morning meditation, movement and writing retreat. All welcome, Instruction will be provided. Continue »

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