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!

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

Group Volunteering Opportunity – Meals For Homeless Shelter

with Maia Boswell-Penc

June 2nd—January 6th (2018)

Group Volunteering Opportunity – Providing & Sharing Meals at the Interfaith Homeless Shelter Please join us in preparing, serving and sharing a meal with the guests at the Interfaith Shelter for the Homeless. A heart-warming opportunity, this is Continue »

Social Meditation with Nick Kranz

with Shastri Nick Kranz

August 25th—August 27th

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 »

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Damian Ubriaco

September 14th—October 12th

The meditator's instruction manual. Learn how to cultivate strength, stability, and clarity of mind in this 5-week course. Continue »

How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society

with Shastri Ellen Rook

September 19th—October 24th

This new program focuses on relationship and society. It is an expoloration of the nature of society and what it might mean to help our world. Open to all. Continue »

Miksang Level 1

with Trudy Stern & Jennifer Fendya

October 7th—October 8th

Introduction to contemplative photography. This weekend we will spend time looking at our visual world with fresh eyes. It is a uniquely pleasurable way to spend two days sharing the vividness of our world. Nalanda Miksang is a course of study that uses Continue »

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