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.


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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!

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
5:30– 7:00 p.m.
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
5::30 – 7:00 p.m.
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

Shambhala Family Sundays

with Rebekka Henriksen & Suzanne Martin

October 15th—January 21st (2018)

The Center welcomes families to join us once a month to practice mindfulness together. Families will gather in the main meditation hall for morning chants and short mindfulness practice, then children ages 2 and older are invited into our community room Continue »

Introduction to Shambhala Meditation

November 30th—December 21st

Open to All - This program offers a unique opportunity to receive the transmission of Shambhala Meditation Continue »

Sit, Walk, Write: A Contemplative Writing Retreat

December 10th

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 »

Children's Day Celebration in Albany

December 17th

Join us in celebrating the winter solstice with the children of the sangha. All are invited to delight in family and children. Continue »

True Perception Holiday City Meditation Retreat (Weekthun)

with Shastri Ellen Rook

December 26th—January 1st (2018)

The City Meditation Retreat is an opportunity for us to connect deeply with meditation while relating it directly with our regular life. Join us in this week of spacious mind - for the entire week, one day, or just an hour or two. Continue »

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