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

Sit, Walk, Write: A Half Day Contemplative Writing Retreat

with Shastri Ellen Rook

July 28th

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 »

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Shastri Ellen Rook & Ryu Yoshida

September 11th—October 9th

Learning to work with our anxiety, we are not blocked by fear. Through an exploration of the Buddhist teachings of mind and the nature of reality, we learn to see clearly. Continue »

The Sacred Path - Drala

with Shastri Andrea Darby

September 14th—September 16th

Windhorse graduates are invited to discover the joy of invoking Drala. We experience Drala when we step beyond aggression and fear and touch the elemental and pure qualities of the sacred world around us. Continue »

Profound Treasury: The Path of Individual Liberation Monthly Book Group

with Shastri Ellen Rook

September 17th—June 10th (2019)

The first volume of The Profound Treasury, The Path of Individual Liberation, presents the Hinayana, the core Buddhist teachings on the practice of meditation, the reality of suffering, and the possibility of liberation. Meets once a month on a Monday eve Continue »

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