Getting Started

Meditation is a practice that anyone can do.

It is based on the radical idea that the natural state of the mind is not scattered, nervous, and confused, but rather calm, creative, and clear. Practicing regularly provides a way to settle into this natural state more often.  At the Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany, we begin by training in Shamatha/Vispasana or Mindfulness/Awareness meditation. This foundational technique allows you to tune into the present moment, at home, at work, or wherever you go in your day to day life.

We welcome anyone new to meditation to check out these ongoing introductory classes & programs.


Learn to Meditate

On the first Wednesday of every month from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

An ideal way to bring the simple yet profound and powerful practice of meditation into your everyday life.


Learn to Meditate: Weekend Editions

On the third Sunday of every month from 10:00 to 12:30 pm.

An ideal way to bring the simple yet profound and powerful practice of meditation into your everyday life.

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Open Sitting

Mondays and Wednesdays
5:30-7:00pm

Wednesdays and Fridays
9:00-10:00 am

You are welcome to join us for part or all of the time.   (Free)


Meditation in Everyday Life

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This is the first course in our core program, the Way of Shambhala which provides a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation.  This series is designed to be applied to the complexity of our daily lives and to develop courage and sanity in these troubled times of uncertainty.


Shambhala Training – Level 1 – Art of Being Human

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The beginning of the Way of Shambhala path is a series of weekend retreats and companion classes that are an effective way for students of any tradition to learn to meditate.