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 »

Learn to Meditate - Weekend Edition

with Ryu Yoshida

April 21st - Date postponed or cancelled

Weekend version of Learn to Meditate class. Continue »

Social Meditation with Nick Kranz

with Shastri Nick Kranz

April 26th—April 28th

The foundation of enlightened society is being unashamed of who you are. This weekend intensive will be an exploration in creating enlightened culture through the practice of social meditation, a newly evolving way to experience meditation as a form of cu 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 »

Council Meeting

May 5th

All are welcome to participate in our council meetings. Continue »

Procrastination

with Elissa Kane

May 7th—May 28th

I was going to put a description of this class up on the website but then decided I would do it later. If you can empathize with this feeling, you might want to take this class. Continue »

Programming Meeting

May 22nd

Time to schedule programs for the summer and fall. 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 »

Phone Distraction

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 »

Tonglen Tuesday

with Judith Johnson

June 25th

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