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

White Tara: A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times

August 1st—August 29th

This five-week recorded course introduces the short daily practice of White Tara, one of the most famous bodhisattvas of compassion in Tibetan Buddhism. Continue »

Monthly Sing - For Anyone Who Wishes to Join Mindfulness and Song (2X)

with Damian Ubriaco

August 21st

Singing as mindfulness practice, like silent meditation, is a way of discovering and training different elements of our being. It’s also a lot of fun, and can have a profound impact on our state of mind. Continue »

Be Present, Now - Meditation in Everyday Life

with Damian Ubriaco, Virginia Fisher, Robert Durlak

September 5th—October 3rd

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

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

with Ellen Rook

September 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 »

Profound Treasury: The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion

September 9th—May 11th (2020)

Open to all, monthly discussion group meeting to discuss the material from Chögyam Trungpa's Profound Treasury, Volume Two: The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion. Continue »

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

September 13th—September 15th

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Continue »

Harvest of Peace

September 22nd

Harvest of Peace - Save the Date! Continue »

Tonglen Tuesday

with Judith Johnson

September 24th

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

Finding Your Rhythm - Contentment in Everyday Life

with Elissa Kane

October 10th—November 7th

This course provides an exploration of genuine contentment, the foundational views of the Buddhist teachings, and meditation in action for daily life. With meditation practice, we can learn to appreciate ourselves and simple human experiences, free from s Continue »

The Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II

October 18th—October 20th

Birth of the Warrior emphasizes how our habitual fear and anxiety can lose its power when confronted directly, in an atmosphere of gentleness. Continue »