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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.

 

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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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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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

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 »

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Shastri Ellen Rook & Damian Ubriaco

January 9th—February 6th

"Suffering is a result of roaming, the urge to keep looking for an external source of happiness. Much of our stress these days is caused by simple lack of contentment." Continue »

The Lost Art of Good Conversation Book Group

January 18th—February 15th - Date postponed or cancelled

The Lost Art of Good Conversation offers readers easy ways to practice mindful communication and enrich their everyday life. Continue »

Mudra - Body and Space Awareness

with Acharya Suzann Duquette

January 26th—January 28th

Acharya Duquette presents unique teachings designed by the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche using physical postures and exercises to invoke wisdom mind. Continue »

Sit, Walk, Write: A Contemplative Writing Retreat

with Shastri Ellen Rook

February 4th

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 »

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