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!

5:30– 7:00 p.m.
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
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

Learn to Meditate: Weekend Edition

March 10th—May 5th

Join us for group instruction in sitting meditation practice and an introduction to the Shambhala Center. Continue »

Shambhala Family Sundays

with Rebekka Henriksen

March 18th—June 10th

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 »

The Shape of Awake (Alexander Technique)

with Hope Martin

April 20th—April 22nd

This unique weekend workshop includes highly skilled hands-on work by the instructor, Hope Martin, applying the principles of the Alexander Technique to sitting meditation practice. She will provide practical guidance on how to be upright, supported and r Continue »

Sit, Walk, Write: A Contemplative Writing Retreat

May 6th

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 »

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

with Alexander Devaron

May 18th—May 19th

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Continue »

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