Welcome to the Shambhala Center of Albany

We are excited to announce the reopening of the Albany Shambhala Center for in-person sitting and courses on Wednesday, September 8. Because we want everyone to feel safe and protected in our space, we are asking that all attendees:

  1. have been fully vaccinated for covid-19 before attending any in-person program.
  2. wear a mask whenever they are on the Center’s premises.

In addition to In-Person opportunities, several programs  are being offered in a hybrid format (you will be able to join us either in-person or online) and fully virtual (via zoom). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at [email protected]

Welcome back!  Hope to see you soon.

Please see our Calendar for all upcoming courses and cancelations.

SMCA Courses & Offerings

  • Learn to Meditate: Our introductory class on how to meditate is on the first Wednesday of every month (except for Sept). Please register before joining – Go to calendar to register for session.
  • Heart of Recovery (with Virginia Fisher); Mondays at 7:00 pm – link to live session.
  • Welcome and Let Go: Working with Stress and Difficult Emotions with Mr. Ryu Yoshida. 1st & 3rd Tuesdays from 7:15 -9:15 pm.  Click for more info & to Register.
  • Sunday Sitting (online) from 9am-12pm (Last Sunday of every month) The session will also include walking meditation and often features a brief reading from the teachings of the likes of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche or Pema Chodron. You do not need to be present for the entire session and are welcome to come for as much of the session as your schedule allows. (When we return in person – The center provides a variety of cushions and meditation benches as well as chairs.) Click to join Live Zoom Session.  Passcode: 122333.    Meeting ID: 389 703 0993

  • Wednesday Morning Open Sitting, 9:00 am – 10:00 am. In-Person beginning on Sept 8.
  • Wednesday Night Open Sitting, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. In-Person beginning on Sept 8. Until then we will continue via zoom.  Link to live sitting. The Last Wednesday of the month , we will run a little longer with Matri Bhavana or Tonglen.  If you have names of people who are ill or grieving please forward that on to [email protected] Join us via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82229459681. Meeting ID: 822 2945 9681 Maitri Bhavana practice, Last Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm-6:15pm (see above)
  • Council Meetings on third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm. If you would like to join the Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany council meeting.
  • Meditation Practice from Meditation Halllink to taped session.

Offerings from our Friends

Sustaining Community*

While our Center is closed, it is important that we don’t isolate ourselves. We are all in this together. Remember to stay in touch with each other in whatever way feels safe; reach out to offer support or to ask for help. Invite a friend to “join” you for an online practice or class.

We welcome your input and ideas for how to stay connected with our practice and each other during this time. Please contact the Council Team with any ideas, feelings, concerns at [email protected]

We look forward to gathering together in person when that occasion comes. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate the uncertain time.

Please be safe and well.

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 5:30 – 6:15 pm; Last Sunday of the Month 9:00 am – 12:00 am.

Public Meditation Schedule

Join us at open meditation – see schedule below.

5:30– 7:00 p.m.
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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