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.
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5:30 – 7:00 p.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

January 22nd—June 25th

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

Group Volunteering Opportunity – Making Meals for the Interfaith Homeless Shelter

April 7th—May 6th

Many have expressed that they would like to volunteer, but would like to do so as a group, in the company of other Shambhalians. Here is your opportunity! If everyone pitches in once-in-a-while, the time & expense will not weigh too heavily on a few. T Continue »

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Damian Ubriaco & Elissa Kane

April 20th—May 18th - Date postponed or cancelled

"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 »

Introduction to Shambhala Meditation

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

April 29th—April 30th

We have the rare opportunity to receive Shambhala Mediation instructions from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche along with two Acharyas (senior teachers). In this recorded course, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche will present the essence of awareness through the three gest Continue »

One Year To Live

May 4th

The Shambhala Center's One Year To Live group has invited the scholar and meditation practitioner Patricia Hunt-Perry to join them for their monthly meeting. And they're inviting you to join them for the first half of their program to hear a review and co 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