Welcome to the Shambhala Center of Albany

Since 1981, the Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany has offered the community the opportunity to work with their minds and hearts through meditation. One of our goals is to contribute to an awake and compassionate society through personal and collective spiritual transformation. In this spirit we offer public meditation classes, mindfulness training workshops, and a wide range of teachings from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.

The Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany offers a secular, non-religious approach to spirituality with its roots in the meditative tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. We are dedicated to community, learning and spiritual discovery. All are welcome. We are committed to providing a safe  and supportive place for people of all backgrounds, genders, races, ages, faiths, sexual orientations, and abilities.

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

Learn to Meditate Weekend Edition: 3rd Sunday of the month from 10:00 am – 12:30 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.

 

 

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

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

with Shastri Donna Williams

January 31st—February 1st

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Continue »

Finding Your True Calling Book Group

February 11th

Join us for a year long journey in looking for your true calling. We will be using Stephen Cope's illuminating book The Great Work of Your Life, paired with the Bhagavad Gita to explore who we are meant to be and what we are meant to do. Continue »

Radical Dharma: Talking Love, Race, and Liberation - Book Group and Discussion

with Elissa Kane

February 13th—March 12th

Join us as we explore Rev. angel Kyodo Williams' engaging book on the role dharma can play in liberation - particularly in connection to race and love. Continue »

Shambhala Day 2020 - Year of the Iron Mouse

February 23rd

Celebrate the lunar New Year with practice, a worldwide virtual gathering, food and community! Continue »

Milarepa Day

March 8th

Celebrate the enlightenment and life of example of Milarepa reading the songs of the lineage fathers in The Rain of Wisdom (Tib: Kagyü Gurtso). Continue »

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

March 20th—March 22nd

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I Continue »

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

with Ellen Rook

March 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 Ellen Rook

April 7th—May 5th

Five week class on class on working with fear and cultivating a fearless approach to life. Prerequisite: Joy in Everyday Life. Continue »