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

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 »

Sit, Walk, Write: Contemplative Writing Retreat

with Ellen Rook

December 15th

Inspired by Natalia Goldberg's 'The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language,' join us for a day of meditation, movement and writing retreat. Half day participants welcome. Continue »

Mindful Singing - Joining Mindfulness and Song

with Damian Ubriaco

December 18th

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 »

Learn to Meditate

January 8th (2020)

Join us for group instruction in sitting meditation practice and an introduction to the Shambhala Center. Continue »

Learn to Meditate - Weekend Edition

with Mr. Ryu Yoshida

January 12th (2020)

Weekend version of Learn to Meditate class. Continue »

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

January 31st—February 2nd (2020)

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 »

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

with Elissa Kane

February 13th—March 12th (2020)

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 (2020)

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

Milarepa Day

March 8th (2020)

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 (2020)

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