Welcome to the Shambhala Center of Albany

Dear Sangha, Community, Friends, and Visitors:

In response to the increasing threat from the coronavirus, COVID-19, the Albany Shambhala Center  has suspended all in-person gatherings and activities in the center until further notice. We regret any inconvenience this might cause you but, in the interest of supporting social distancing, we felt this was the necessary and proper course of action.

We are currently working on setting up a roster of programs, including Heart of Recovery, sitting meditation sessions, and Learn to Meditate online. See full list of offerings below. We know this is an extremely difficult time for many of us financially. But if you are in a secure position financially, please consider making an online donation which will help support the Center during this challenging time.

With joy,
Damian Ubriaco

Virtual Programming

Please see the on-line opportunities we are offering below. We will be adding more in days ahead.

We are offering two daily Guided Meditations via zoom. The first is at 9:00 am every single day with Ellen Rook. This will be a 15 minute sit with a brief touch in. The second is at 9:30 am Monday-Friday with Damian Ubriaco that will be 20 minutes.  Neither will be our normal shamatha practice that is silent. You can use our Meditation Hall link for silent practice or Skylake’s live offernings.

As we look into more opportunities to “gather” in virtual classes, meditation, and conversations about practice and community, we also encourage you to take advantage of online programming that currently exists, such as shambhalaonline.org.

SMCA Courses

  • Learn to Meditate: Our introductory class on how to meditate on April 8 from 7:00 to 8:30. Link to live session.
  • Fearlessness in Everyday Life with  Ellen Rook starts April 7 from 6:30-8:30 pm. To get Zoom code to join on-line live sessions register here.
  • Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chödrön Book Talk hosted by Barbara Hamlin starts Thursday April 9 from 6:30-8:30. To join on-line live sessions register here.

SMCA & Friends Local Meditation Offerings

Offering from Skylake 

Offering from NYC Shambhala Center

Sustaining Community*

While our Center is closed, it is important that we don’t isolate ourselves. We are all in this together. Remember to stay in touch with each other in whatever way feels safe; reach out to offer support or to ask for help. Invite a friend to “join” you for an online practice or class.

We welcome your input and ideas for how to stay connected with our practice and each other during this time. Please contact the Council Team with any ideas, feelings, concerns at [email protected]

We look forward to gathering together in person when that occasion comes. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate the uncertain time.

Please be safe and well.

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

Public Sitting Meditation: Mondays 5:30 – 7:00 pm; Wednesdays 9:00 – 10:00 am & 5:30 – 7:00 pm; Last Sunday of the Month 9:00 am – 12:00 am.


*Borrowed from Philadelphia Center Home Page

Public Meditation Schedule

Join us at open meditation – see schedule below.

5:30– 7:00 p.m.
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Last Sunday of Month:
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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Featured Programs

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Ellen Rook

April 7th—May 5th

Five week class on class on working with fear and cultivating a fearless approach to life. Prerequisite: Joy in Everyday Life. Continue »

Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change - Book Group

April 9th—May 14th

Best-selling author & spiritual teacher Pema Chödrön shares life-changing practices for living with wisdom, confidence, & integrity amidst confusing situations & uncertain times. Continue »

Entering the Stream: a retreat including Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows

with Acharya Eric Spiegel

April 24th—April 26th - Date postponed or cancelled

This weekend retreat is open to anyone who has a connection to meditation practice and to the dharma. You do not have to commit to making a vow to take this course. If you wish to take either, vow a meeting with a meditation instructor is required. Continue »

Ordinary Magic - Open Sky; a review of the themes and meditation/awareness practices of the Heart of Warriorship path, Levels 1-5

with Steve Clorfeine

May 16th

Ordinary Magic - Open Sky; a review of the themes and meditation/awareness practices of the Heart of Warriorship path, Levels 1-5. Continue »