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

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.

 

 

Public Meditation Schedule

Join us at open meditation – see schedule below.

Mondays:
5:30– 7:00 p.m.
Wednesdays:
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

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Damian Ubriaco

February 13th—March 12th - Date postponed or cancelled

We will reschedule this course soon. 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 »

Mindful Singing

with Damian Ubriaco

February 19th - Date postponed or cancelled

Singing as mindfulness practice, like silent meditation, is a way of discovering and training different elements of our being. It’s also a lot of fun, and can have a profound impact on our state of mind. Continue »

Shambhala Day 2020 - Year of the Iron Mouse

February 23rd

Celebrate the lunar New Year with practice, a worldwide virtual gathering, food and community! Continue »

Milarepa Day

March 8th

Celebrate the enlightenment and life of example of Milarepa reading the songs of the lineage fathers in The Rain of Wisdom (Tib: Kagyü Gurtso). Continue »

The Art of Being Human: Introductory Meditation Weekend Retreat

March 20th—March 22nd

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training introductory intensive! Continue »

Sit, Walk, Write: Half-Day Contemplative Writing Retreat

with Ellen Rook

March 28th

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 »

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 »

Entering the Stream: a retreat including Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows

with Acharya Eric Spiegel

April 24th—April 26th

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 (this c Continue »