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 »

Profound Treasury Book Study: The Tantric Path of Indestructible Wakefulness

September 11th—June 11th (2018)

Monthly study of Chogyam Trungpa's teachings on the Tantric Path of Indestructible Wakefulness. Open to all. 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 »

Harvest of Peace Celebration for Albany and Troy Members

September 24th

The Harvest of Peace is a special Shambhala Community celebration of the Fall Equinox - harvesting in the northern hemisphere and planting in the southern. This time is connected with Ratna energy of nourishing, supporting and enriching. Continue »

Mindfulness for Educators

with Christopher Mazura, Jennifer Hashim, Damian Ubriaco

September 27th—December 13th

This course will serve as an introduction to using mindfulness in the classroom. We will cover the benefits of practicing mindfulness as an educator and how to introduce it to your students, regardless of age. We will focus on establishing a regular sitti Continue »

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