Welcome to the Shambhala Center of Albany

Although the Shambhala Center of Albany building is closed for now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are actively working with program leaders and community group leaders to transition events to an online format.
Now more than ever we understand the importance of community. We welcome all who are interested in connecting during this uncertain time. We continue to welcome your input and ideas for how to stay connected with our practice and each other during this time.
Please consider making a donation if you are in a position of bounty.

Virtual Programming

Please see the on-line opportunities we are offering below. We will be adding more in days ahead.

We are offering  daily Guided Meditations via zoom at 9:00 am every single day with Ellen Rook. This will be a 15 minute sit with a brief touch in. You can also use our Meditation Hall link for silent practice or Skylake’s live offernings.

As we look into more opportunities to “gather” in virtual classes, meditation, and conversations about practice and community, we also encourage you to take advantage of online programming that currently exists, such as shambhalaonline.org.

Please consider making a donation if you are in a position of bounty.

SMCA Courses

  • Learn to Meditate: Our introductory class on how to meditate is on the first Wednesday of every month (cancelled for September). Please register before joining –
    Link to live session.
  • Sunday Sit – Join us  on July 26 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am at Washington Park for outdoor meditation. We will meet and sit near the amphitheater on the outdoor seating (see map on link). To Register – https://albany.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=457047

SMCA & Friends Local Meditation Offerings

  • Maitri Bhavana practice, Wednesdays at 6:30pm-7:00pm – link to live session. The Maitri Bhavana is a mahayana practice for the seriously ill. This is a timely and powerful practice due to our current situation with Covid-19. This practice can be extended to all people who are seriously ill. All are welcome to participate. If you cannot attend yourself, please email me the name and illness of relatives and friends who are seriously ill, either physically or mentally that you wish for us to add to our list.
  • Daily Guided Meditation (with Ellen Rook), 9:00 am-9:30am – link to live session.
  • Creating Calm in the Capitol – Meditation  (with Elissa Kane, Bob Perry & Leah Rich)- Wednesdays, 8:30am-9:15am link to Zoom session.
  • Meditation Practice from Meditation Halllink to taped session.
  • Heart of Recovery (with Virginia Fisher); Mondays at 7:00 pm – link to live session.

Offering from Acharya Eric Spiegel

Offering from Skylake 

Offering from NYC Shambhala Center

Sustaining Community*

While our Center is closed, it is important that we don’t isolate ourselves. We are all in this together. Remember to stay in touch with each other in whatever way feels safe; reach out to offer support or to ask for help. Invite a friend to “join” you for an online practice or class.

We welcome your input and ideas for how to stay connected with our practice and each other during this time. Please contact the Council Team with any ideas, feelings, concerns at [email protected]

We look forward to gathering together in person when that occasion comes. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate the uncertain time.

Please be safe and well.

Where to Begin?

We offer a wealth of classes and retreats. Here are a few to start with:

Learn to Meditate: 1st Wednesday of the month from 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Public Sitting Meditation: Mondays 5:30 – 7:00 pm; Wednesdays 9:00 – 10:00 am & 5:30 – 7:00 pm; Last Sunday of the Month 9:00 am – 12:00 am.


*Borrowed from Philadelphia Center Home Page

Public Meditation Schedule

Join us at open meditation – see schedule below.

5:30– 7:00 p.m.
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Last Sunday of Month:
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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Featured Programs

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