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.

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


Open Sitting


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

Join us via Zoom at Meeting ID: 822 2945 9681

The Last Wednesday of the month, we will run a little longer with Matri Bhavana or Tonglen.  If you have names of people who are ill or grieving please forward that on to [email protected]

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.