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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.

 

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:
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

Writing as Practice

with Shastri Ellen Rook

August 14th—August 28th

Using Nathalie Goldberg’s “Writing Down the Bones,” participants will dive into contemplative writing, Each evening will include meditation practice, free writing and fun. Open to all. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

August 15th - Date postponed or cancelled

Join us for group instruction in sitting meditation practice and an introduction to the Shambhala Center. Continue »

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Shastri Ellen Rook & Ryu Yoshida

September 11th—October 9th

Learning to work with our anxiety, we are not blocked by fear. Through an exploration of the Buddhist teachings of mind and the nature of reality, we learn to see clearly. Continue »

Profound Treasury: The Path of Individual Liberation Monthly Book Group

with Shastri Ellen Rook

September 17th—June 10th (2019)

The first volume of The Profound Treasury, The Path of Individual Liberation, presents the Hinayana, the core Buddhist teachings on the practice of meditation, the reality of suffering, and the possibility of liberation. Meets once a month on a Monday eve Continue »

Learn to Meditate

September 19th - Date postponed or cancelled

Join us for group instruction in sitting meditation practice and an introduction to the Shambhala Center. Continue »

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