Welcome to the Shambhala Center of Albany

Although the Shambhala Center of Albany building is closed for now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are actively working with program leaders and community group leaders to transition events to an online format.
Now more than ever we understand the importance of community. We welcome all who are interested in connecting during this uncertain time. We continue to welcome your input and ideas for how to stay connected with our practice and each other during this time.
Please consider making a donation if you are in a position of bounty.

Virtual Programming

Please see the on-line opportunities we are offering below. We will be adding more in days ahead.

We are offering  daily Guided Meditations via zoom at 9:00 am every single day with Ellen Rook. This will be a 15 minute sit with a brief touch in. You can also use our Meditation Hall link for silent practice or Skylake’s live offernings.

As we look into more opportunities to “gather” in virtual classes, meditation, and conversations about practice and community, we also encourage you to take advantage of online programming that currently exists, such as shambhalaonline.org.

Please consider making a donation if you are in a position of bounty.

SMCA Courses

  • Learn to Meditate: Our introductory class on how to meditate on June 3 from 7:00 to 8:30. Link to live session.
  • Sunday Sit – Join us in Washington Park on May 31 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am for open sitting at the steps across from the amphitheater. If you cannot make it we will be broadcasting live. Register to receive zoom link to session. To Register https://albany.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=454056
  • Writing as Practice: Lose Control with Ellen Rook on Saturday, May 30th at 3:00 pm. Using Nathalie Goldberg’s “Rules for Writing,” participants will dive into contemplative writing, The class will include meditation practice (instruction available), free writing with prompts, and the opportunity to share our love of reading and writing. This afternoon we will focus on the writing practice guideline “Lose Control” Open to all! To Register https://albany.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=453064
  • Discovering the Heart Sutra with Ellen Rook on Tuesday at 7:00pm from June 2-June 16. Form is emptiness; emptiness also is form. Emptiness is no other than form; form is no other than emptiness. (The Sutra of the Heart of Transcendent Knowledge) What in the world does this mean? Everyone is welcome to explore the Heart Sutra, also known as the Prajnaparamita sutra, in a three week seminar-style course. Although it may seem strange and esoteric, “is the heart of transcendent knowledge because it is a condensation, the pith, of several longer discourses… it tells you what you need to learn in order to have a proper ground for meditation. “(Russell Rogers) During the course, we’ll work together to dig into the meaning and applicatoin of this key Mahayana teaching. The course will be offered online via Zoom. Please register to receive the Zoom link. To Register https://albany.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=452850
  • Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chödrön Book Talk hosted by Barbara Hamlin starts Thursday April 9 from 6:30-8:30. To join on-line live sessions register here.

SMCA & Friends Local Meditation Offerings

  • Maitri Bhavana practice, Wednesdays at 6:30pm-7:00pm – link to live session. The Maitri Bhavana is a mahayana practice for the seriously ill. This is a timely and powerful practice due to our current situation with Covid-19. This practice can be extended to all people who are seriously ill. All are welcome to participate. If you cannot attend yourself, please email me the name and illness of relatives and friends who are seriously ill, either physically or mentally that you wish for us to add to our list.
  • Daily Guided Meditation (with Ellen Rook), 9:00 am-9:30am – link to live session.
  • Creating Calm in the Capitol  (with Elissa Kane)- Tues & Thurs; 8:30 am  – link to live sessions.
  • Meditation Practice from Meditation Halllink to taped session.
  • Heart of Recovery (with Virginia Fisher); Mondays at 7:00 pm – link to live session.

Offering from Acharya Eric Spiegel

Offering from Skylake 

Offering from NYC Shambhala Center

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: 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.

 

*Borrowed from Philadelphia Center Home Page

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

Maitri Bhavana

April 22nd—June 24th

The Maitri Bhavana is a mahayana practice for the seriously ill. This is a timely and powerful practice due to our current situation with Covid-19. All are welcome. Continue »

Discovering the Heart Sutra

with Ellen Rook

June 2nd—June 16th

In depth exploration of the great Mahayana teaching on emptiness. Everyone welcome. The course will be offered online via Zoom. Continue »

Writing as Practice: Be Specific

with Ellen Rook

June 22nd

Using Nathalie Goldberg’s “Writing Down the Bones” guidelines, participants will dive into contemplative writing, The session includes meditation practice, free writing and sharing. Via Zoom. Open to all. Continue »