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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.

 

New to Shambhala?

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!

Monday:
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday:
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday:
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Friday:
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

Maitri Space Awareness: The Five Wisdom Energies with Friday Night Public Talk

with Chris Pleim

June 9th—June 11th

Maitri Space Awareness—Weekend Program The five wisdom energies, also known as the five Buddha families, when misinterpreted are the building blocks of our ego; when they are freed in their natural state are the expression of our wisdom. This weeke Continue »

Mindful Kayaking Retreat

with Roger Guest

June 16th—June 18th

Human beings share a cellular kinship with water. Watery noise is particularly soothing, perhaps because it calls forth unconscious memories of aqueous origins. In any case, when we listen to a waterfall or to waves stirring a gravel beach, an intangible Continue »

Social Meditation with Nick Kranz

with Shastri Nick Kranz

August 25th

The foundation of enlightened society is being unashamed of who you are. This weekend intensive will be an exploration in creating enlightened culture through the practice of social meditation, a newly evolving way to experience meditation as a form of cu 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