Welcome to the Shambhala Center of Albany

A Fresh Start with SMCA

If you feel you need a fresh start, please join us as we dedicate ourselves to living in the present moment with open, gentle and courageous hearts. Let’s reconnect to the joy, beauty and magic within and around us. Ki Ki So So!!!

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: Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Heart of Recovery: Mondays 7:00-8:00 pm.

Updated COVID Protocols

At this date, our center is mask optional. Because we want everyone to feel safe and protected in our space, please continue to consider other’s well being while at the Center, particularly with COVID still quite prevalent. To see the complete update: Updated Covid Protocols.


Featured Programs

A Year to Live

with Irene Lurie & Anne Grenchus

October 19th—September 20th

The Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany will again offer its A Year to Live program.  Participants will explore the experience of committing themselves to live a year as though it were their last.  By exploring death, we will be focusing on living life. Continue »

Poetry Event: Join Ellen White Rook as she reads from her new collection - Suspended

June 1st

Join author and Shambhala member Ellen White Rook for a reading from her newly released collection of poetry Suspended. Continue »

June Ikebana

with Ellen White Rook

June 3rd

Monthly ikebana, Japanese flower arranging, class for new and returning students. Continue »

Half Moon Morning Writing Retreat

with Ellen White Rook

June 10th

Inspired by Natalia Goldberg's 'The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language,' join us for a half-day meditation, movement and writing retreat on the last quarter moon in June. Continue »