Welcome to the Shambhala Center of Albany

Since 1981, the Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany has offered the community the opportunity to work with their minds and hearts through meditation. One of our goals is to contribute to an awake and compassionate society through personal and collective spiritual transformation. In this spirit we offer public meditation classes, mindfulness training workshops, and a wide range of teachings from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.

The Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany offers a secular, non-religious approach to spirituality with its roots in the meditative tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. We are dedicated to community, learning and spiritual discovery. All are welcome. We are committed to providing a safe  and supportive place for people of all backgrounds, genders, races, ages, faiths, sexual orientations, and abilities.

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

Learn to Meditate Weekend Edition: 3rd Sunday of the month from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Supporting Meditation: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Public Sitting Meditation: Mondays 5:30 – 7:00 pm; Wednesdays 9:00 – 10:00 am & 5:30 – 7:00 pm;   Fridays 9:00 – 10:00 am

 

 

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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Featured Programs

Meditation and the Creative Mind: Coming to Our Senses

with Ellen Rook

May 2nd—May 23rd

Discover a path to genuine spontaneity and unselfconscious expression in this four-week course that offers both meditation and meditation-in-action exercises all designed to help you better connect to the presence of things, the world, and yourself. Continue »

Procrastination & Meditation

with Elissa Kane

May 7th—May 28th

Inspired by a recent NYTimes article "Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do With Self-Control)", join us as we explore working with this vexing and universal challenge through meditation, awareness practices and compassionate abiding. Continue »

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Damian Ubriaco & Virginia Fisher

May 30th—June 27th

Meditation in Everyday Life is a five-week class designed to help new meditators (including those who have never meditated before) develop a regular practice and bring the benefits of mindfulness to their daily lives. Continue »

Coming Down to Earth - The Wisdom of Surrender

with Jeff Wigman

June 1st

"Without giving up hope — that there’s somewhere better to be, that there’s someone better to be — we will never relax with where we are or who we are." Pema Chödrön Continue »

Meditation & Your Phone

with Elissa Kane

June 15th

Though powerful as a tool when used with discernment, for many of us our cell phones have proven to be the great distractor from boredom, stillness, the present moment - and thus happiness. Join us for our morning as we blend mindfulness practices with ou Continue »

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

with Ellen Rook

June 23rd

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 »

Tonglen Tuesday

with Judith Johnson

June 25th

Join us for Tonglen practice tonight led by one of our senior students. Continue »