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

Supporting Meditation: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Public Sitting Meditation: Mondays 5:30 – 7:00 pm; Wednesdays 9:00 – 10:00 am & 5:30 – 7:00 pm;   Fridays 9:00 – 10:00 am

 

 

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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Featured Programs

Be Present, Now - Meditation in Everyday Life

with Damian Ubriaco, Virginia Fisher, Robert Durlak

September 5th—October 3rd

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

Profound Treasury: The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion

September 9th—May 11th (2020)

Open to all, monthly discussion group meeting to discuss the material from Chögyam Trungpa's Profound Treasury, Volume Two: The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion. Continue »

Harvest of Peace

September 22nd

Bring your kayak, chair, food to share to Henry Hudson Park in Bethlehem NY. Agenda to include lhasang, meditation, graditude for our Shambhala community. Continue »

Tonglen Tuesday

with Judith Johnson

September 24th

Join us for Tonglen practice tonight led by one of our senior students. Continue »

Coming to Our Senses: Mindfulness and Playfulness in Everyday Art

with Steve Clorfeine

October 5th

The workshop focuses on ways of being present through our sense perceptions, particularly seeing and feeling. How do we engage with ‘things as they are’ rather than how we think or imagine them to be? Often we approach situations with our own agenda and Continue »

Finding Your Rhythm - Contentment in Everyday Life

with Elissa Kane

October 10th—November 7th

This course provides an exploration of genuine contentment, the foundational views of the Buddhist teachings, and meditation in action for daily life. With meditation practice, we can learn to appreciate ourselves and simple human experiences, free from s Continue »

Mindful Singing - Joining Mindfulness and Song

with Damian Ubriaco

October 16th

Mindfulness brings us into the fullness of the moment. Singing infuses our being with vibrant energy. Imagine the possibilities when we bring these two activities together! Continue »

The Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II

with Jeff Wigman

October 18th—October 20th

Birth of the Warrior emphasizes how our habitual fear and anxiety can lose its power when confronted directly, in an atmosphere of gentleness. Continue »

The Bodhisattva Warrior: The Six Paramitas

with Ellen Rook

November 5th—December 3rd

The bodhisattva—the renowned ideal of Mahayana Buddhism—is not a god or deity but a way of being we can all aspire to. As Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche explains, those who take the bodhisattva vow make one simple commitment: to put others first, holding nothin Continue »

Joy in Everyday Life

with Elissa Kane

November 14th—December 19th

Through study and practice of these teachings on discipline and the traditional Buddhist teachings of the Mahayana, we step out of the trap of our habitual patterns, free ourselves from confusion, and cultivate the noble heart of compassion. Continue »