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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

Women in Buddhism with Acharya Holly Gayley

August 30th—December 6th

This series on the stories of Women in Buddhism will explore issues of patriarchy, agency, and resilience. Continue »

Profound Treasury: The Path of Individual Liberation Monthly Book Group

with Shastri Ellen Rook

September 17th—June 10th (2019)

Monthly Book Group on basic Buddhism: 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 liberati Continue »

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Elissa Kane & Damian Ubriaco

September 20th—October 18th

The meditator's instruction manual. Learn how to cultivate strength, stability, and clarity of mind in this 5-week course. Continue »

Harvest of Peace Brunch with Elissa and Lynne

September 23rd

The Harvest of Peace is a special Shambhala Community celebration of the Fall Equinox - harvesting in the northern hemisphere and planting in the southern. Please join us for brunch at the home of Elissa and Lynne. Continue »

Qigong Levels 1 & 2

with Kate Summers

October 6th—October 7th

Qigong is a centuries-old art that integrates movement, breath and intention in order to develop internal energy - bringing you reduced stress, greater strength, flexibility, immunity — and a host of other benefits! Continue »

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