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

Profound Treasury: The Path of Individual Liberation Monthly Book Group

with Ellen Rook

September 17th—June 17th

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 »

Mindful Singing

with Damian Ubriaco

February 26th

Mindfulness brings us into the fullness of the moment. Singing infuses our being with vibrant energy. Imagine the possibilities when we bring these two activities together! Continue »

Joy in Everyday Life

with Elissa Kane

February 28th—March 28th

Through study and practice of these teachings on discipline and the traditional Buddhist teachings of the Mahayana, we step out of the trap of our habitual patterns, free ourselves from confusion, and cultivate the noble heart of compassion. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

with Michael Stephens

March 1st—March 3rd

In level III, we make an effort to bring the mindfulness and awareness cultivated during our meditation practice into all aspects of our daily life. Continue »

Care for Yourself With Jin Shin Jyutsu

with Ryu Yoshida

March 9th—March 10th

Jin Shin Jyutsu is a Japanese healing art that releases stress and supports the body's natural immune and healing powers. Join us for a two (half) day workshop to learn easy and effective techniques to take charge of your wellness. Continue »

Learn to Meditate - Weekend Edition

with Ryu Yoshida

March 17th

Weekend version of Learn to Meditate class. Continue »

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

with Ellen Rook

April 7th

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 »

Learn to Meditate - Weekend Edition

with Ryu Yoshida

April 21st

Weekend version of Learn to Meditate class. Continue »

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 »