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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.

 

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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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Umdze/Time-keeper Sign-up

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Public Meditation Schedule

Join us at open meditation or for an introduction at our Learn To Meditate program!

Monday:
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday:
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday:
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday:
9:00 – 10:00 a.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

Sunday Morning Sitting - Last Sunday of each month

May 22nd—June 25th

You're welcome to join us for meditation practice every last Sunday of the month, 9 AM - Noon. Continue »

Timekeeper/Umdze Training and Refresher

with Shastri Ellen Rook

March 28th - Date postponed or cancelled

Postponed. Volunteer training for timekeeping. Continue »

Program Planning Meeting

March 29th

Come help us plan programming. Continue »

How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society (Weekend)

with Shastri Ellen Rook

March 31st—April 2nd

This new program focuses on relationship and society. It is an expoloration of the nature of society and what it might mean to help our world. Open to all. Continue »

Parinirvana Day: Celebrating Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

April 4th

On the anniversary of the parinirvana (death of an enlightened being) of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the whole community is invited to practice the profound Sadhana of Mahamudra, which the feast section of this practice is usually reser Continue »

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    Yoga at Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany with Chuck George

    Shambhala Meditation Center is located in downtown Albany near Washington Park. The center offers a number of programs to, as they say, make “enlightened society a possibility.” Programs range from full weekend retreats to classes in meditation, philosophy, chanting, and even yoga. Seva Highlight: Chuck George and Yoga at Shambhala Meditation Center