Programs for Mid-Atlantic States USA Region

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Sadhana of Mahamudra (New Moon)

January 5th—December 26th

The Sadhana of Mahamudra, a liturgical text, is practiced on the new moon days. It was written with the expressed intention of overcoming the obstacles of spiritual materialism in our practice, our lives and the world. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany

The Basic Goodness of Being Human: Who Am I?

with Ellen Rook

January 10th—February 21st

This course asks the question “Who am I?” and explores the sense of self. It includes teachings on basic goodness, selflessness, the arising of ego and cocoon, buddha nature, and the confidence of warriorship. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Ciprian Iancu & Jayne Sutton

January 22nd—February 26th

This introductory course is an experiential training in mindfulness and appreciation. By opening to our natural state of being, we begin to feel a simple worthiness that makes life less forced and more enjoyable. Open to everyone. Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Paul Benson & Edward Hargadon

January 30th—February 27th

Learning to work with our anxiety, we are not blocked by fear. Through an exploration of the Buddhist teachings of mind and the nature of reality, we learn to see clearly. We dare to face life and death as they are. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Yoga: Moving into Stillness

with Lance Brunner

February 7th—February 28th

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Sacred Path: Great Eastern Sun & Windhorse

with Shastri Jerry Webster, Jonathan Kirkendall, Scott Perkins

February 9th—March 5th

Great Eastern Sun & Windhorse marks the beginning of a new Sacred Path pilot, a community study of the living Shambhala Terma. Continue »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

A Year of Deepening in Compassion Part I: The Four Limitless Ones

February 10th—April 21st

The Shambhala Acharyas lead the community in a year long series of talks, contemplative and meditation practices from the Buddhist Mahayana teachings, the path of the bodhisattva warrior. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Thursday Night Dharma Gathering

February 14th—June 27th

A community event for Shambhala members and newcomers—please invite your friends! Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Profound Kindness Retreat - Weeklong

with Acharya Susan Chapman & Mary Sehlinger

February 16th—February 22nd

What the World Needs Now: Profound Kindness Weekthun Continue »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

Milarepa Day

February 17th

Milarepa Day is a traditional celebration of the enlightenment and life example of Milarepa. The celebration involves a full day of practice, which includes chanting the Milarepa sadhana and reading the songs of the lineage teachers in The Rain of Wisdom. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Shambhala Sadhana Full Moon Practice

February 18th—December 12th

These Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Practices are open to our entire sangha community, Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

The Four Dignities of Investigating Whiteness and Racism

with Jonathan Kirkendall & Gabe Dayley

February 22nd—February 24th

This course will offer an introductory investigation of race, whiteness, and systemic racism for Shambhala practitioners who identify as white. Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Weekend I: Feel Human Again

with Shastri Jerry Webster

February 22nd—February 24th

Shambhala Training is a sequence of programs suitable for anyone interested in exploring meditation as a means to develop fearlessness, confidence, openness, and gentleness toward ourselves and our world. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II

with Christian Gregory

February 22nd—February 24th

Examine your fears and defense mechanisms by training the mind to meet challenging moments with courage and confidence. Prerequisite: The Art of Being Human – Shambhala Training Level I Continue »

Sky Lake Lodge

Monarch Retreat

with Cynthia Mackay

February 23rd—March 3rd

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Art - Part One: Coming to Your Senses

with Alexander deVaron

February 23rd

Shambhala Art is art that wakes us up. Meditation inspires creativity by clarifying our perceptions and relaxing habitual mind. In Shambhala Art we explore the creative process, cultivating awareness that leads to pure expression. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Poetry as Contemplative Practice

with Lance Brunner

February 23rd

Calling all poetry lovers!!! Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany

Mindful Singing

with Damian Ubriaco

February 26th

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 »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Member Circle

February 27th

Shambhala Center members are warmly invited to a quarterly member community circle to check in with one another. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany

Joy in Everyday Life

with Elissa Kane

February 28th—March 28th

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 »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Maitri: Five Wisdom Energies

with Jennifer Parde

February 28th—March 28th

The five wisdom energies, also known as the five Buddha families, are both the building blocks of our egos and the expression of our wisdom. This class will allow us to experience these energies and explore their manifestation in the elements, Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

with Michael Stephens

March 1st—March 3rd

In level III, we make an effort to bring the mindfulness and awareness cultivated during our meditation practice into all aspects of our daily life. Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Baltimore Shambhala Women's Group

March 2nd

All women are welcome to join the Baltimore Shambhala Women's Group for our monthly gathering! Light breakfast & socializing starts at 9am; participant-led program is 10-11:30 am. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Intro to Ikebana

with Brooke Pohl

March 2nd

Introduction to Ikebana Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Family Day and Bodhi School

March 3rd

Our theme for 2018-2019 is "Kindness, Community, and the Wisdom of the Elements." Join us for FAMILY DAY AND BODHI SCHOOL each month for children from Age 2 years to High School, "Parenting as a Path" discussion group, and potluck lunch. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Shastri Shelley Heinz & Mary Jo Gatton

March 4th—April 1st

Shambhala Meditation Center Of New York

Weekly Dharma Gathering:

with Acharya Eric Spiegel

March 5th

This open house is an opportunity to meditate in a supportive group setting, to learn about how to apply the principles of meditation to everyday life, and to meet and mingle with fellow New Yorkers interested in mindfulness. Bring your friends! Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

The Basic Goodness of Conflict: A Mindful Exploration of Conflict Transformation

with Geoff Cox

March 8th—March 10th

To say that human beings are fundamentally good at their core as an abstract idea is a powerful proclamation, but to experience the depth of that truth even in the midst of seemingly intractable conflict is another thing entirely. Continue »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior

with Jonathan Kirkendall

March 8th—March 10th

In Shambhala Training Level II, we cultivate our willingness to observe our cocoon of habitual fear and defense mechanisms. We begin to appreciate that we can fully experience our basic goodness and further develop fearlessness. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany

Care for Yourself With Jin Shin Jyutsu

with Ryu Yoshida

March 9th—March 10th

Jin Shin Jyutsu is a Japanese healing art that releases stress and supports the body's natural immune and healing powers. Join us for a two (half) day workshop to learn easy and effective techniques to take charge of your wellness. Continue »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

Educator Circle Gathering

with Jonathan Kirkendall

March 10th

At this educator gathering, we will explore trauma informed education. All educators, meditation instructors, and Shambhala guides will receive an invitation from the Director of Practice and Education to attend this training. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Examining Whiteness Facilitator Training

March 12th—March 16th

Intensive training for white identified individuals with an established meditation practice and working on unlearning white supremacy, to learn to facilitate others in this work! Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Joy in Everyday Life

March 12th—April 9th

How can we find a genuine source of energy and inspiration? In this class we’ll explore the meaning of joy, the discovery of inspiration, and learn practical methods for developing kindness toward ourselves and others. Open to everyone. Continue »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Art - Part Two: Seeing Things As They Are

with Joann Herson

March 16th

Through meditation we come to see things as they are as opposed to how we think or imagine they are. We discover that everything has a felt presence to it as well as a thought sense that we bring to it. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany

Learn to Meditate - Weekend Edition

with Ryu Yoshida

March 17th

Weekend version of Learn to Meditate class. Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training II: Discover Your Inner Warrior

March 22nd—March 24th

Shambhala Training Weekend II: Discover Your Inner Warrior builds on the foundation of the meditation practice that was introduced in Weekend I and explores how habitual ways of thinking obscure the raw brilliance of the world we live in. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Warrior in the World: Shambhala Training Level III

March 22nd—March 24th

Having learned not to turn away from fear, we can extend this insight into everyday life. We learn to apply our practice to whatever arises, developing confidence throughout our life. Prerequisite: Birth of the Warrior – Shambhala Training Level II Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Is Enlightened Society Possible?

with Dr. Shante Smalls

March 29th—March 31st

Is Enlightened Society possible? In this weekend, participants will explore what the Shambhala concept of Enlightened Society might look like and how they may manifest it in a local and sustained manner. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Sacred Path: Drala

with Shastri Jerry Webster

March 31st—April 23rd

Drala is the second program in a new Sacred Path pilot, a community study of the living Shambhala Terma. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Training the Mind and Awakening the Heart: The Practice of Lojong

with Christian Gregory & Jayne Sutton

April 1st—May 6th

Lojong—which means ‘mind training’ in Tibetan—provides a potent framework for bringing kindness and compassion into daily life. These teachings are an indispensable set of tools for cultivating the awakened heart of compassion and wisdom. Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Baltimore Shambhala Women's Group

April 6th

All women are welcome to join the Baltimore Shambhala Women's Group for our monthly gathering! Light breakfast & socializing starts at 9am; participant-led program is 10-11:30 am. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany

Sit, Walk, Write: Half-Day Contemplative Writing Retreat

with Ellen Rook

April 7th

Inspired by Natalia Goldberg's 'The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language,' join us for a morning meditation, movement and writing retreat. All welcome, Instruction will be provided. Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Family Day and Bodhi School

April 7th

Our theme for 2018-2019 is "Kindness, Community, and the Wisdom of the Elements." Join us for FAMILY DAY AND BODHI SCHOOL each month for children from Age 2 years to High School, "Parenting as a Path" discussion group, and potluck lunch. Continue »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

with Acharya Eric Spiegel & Thomas Berthoff

April 12th—April 14th

This training is open to all who have taken Shambhala Training Levels I and II. In this training, we work to bring the mindfulness and awareness cultivated during our meditation practice into all aspects of our daily life. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

with Shastri Jerry Webster

April 13th—April 14th

This urban retreat will introduce and deepen instruction on basic mindfulness meditation practice, and help new and experienced meditators alike incorporate practice into their daily lives. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany

Learn to Meditate - Weekend Edition

with Ryu Yoshida

April 21st

Weekend version of Learn to Meditate class. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

April 23rd—May 21st

This course presents practical tools for understanding and transforming fear, and shares the view that fear can serve as an opportunity to develop unconditional confidence. Prerequisite: Joy in Everyday Life Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Weekend III: Warrior in the World

April 26th—April 28th

Shambhala Training Weekend III is the third retreat weekend in the highly acclaimed Shambhala Training curriculum. Completion of Shambhala Training Weekend II is a prerequisite for this program. "To be a warrior is to learn to be genuine in every moment Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany

Meditation and the Creative Mind: Coming to Our Senses

with Ellen Rook

May 2nd—May 23rd

Discover a path to genuine spontaneity and unselfconscious expression in this four-week course that offers both meditation and meditation-in-action exercises all designed to help you better connect to the presence of things, the world, and yourself. Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Baltimore Shambhala Women's Group

May 4th

All women are welcome to join the Baltimore Shambhala Women's Group for our monthly gathering! Light breakfast & socializing starts at 9am; participant-led program is 10-11:30 am. Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Community Gathering - Haiku Hike at the Cylburn Arboretum

May 5th

Our theme for 2018-2019 is "Kindness, Community, and the Wisdom of the Elements." Join us for FAMILY DAY AND BODHI SCHOOL each month for children from Age 2 years to High School, "Parenting as a Path" discussion group, and potluck lunch. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC

Awakened Heart: Shambhala Training Level IV

May 10th—May 12th

In Awakened Heart, our natural curiosity takes us deeper as our hearts open and we learn to communicate with our world, allowing ourselves to be touched without closing down in fear. Prerequisite: Warrior in the World – Shambhala Training Level III Continue »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Jonathan Herson

May 17th—May 19th

Shambhala Training Level I is the beginning of the Way of Shambhala path - a series of weekend retreats and weekly companion courses that are an effective way for students of any tradition to learn to meditate. Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Weekend Level IV: Awakened Heart

with Jennifer Parde

May 31st—June 2nd

In Shambhala Training Weekend IV: Awakened Heart, we learn how to open our hearts so we can communicate more fully with the world. Rather than using our experiences as an occasion to regenerate habitual patterns, we can use them as reminders to further wa Continue »

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

Baltimore Shambhala Women's Group

June 1st

All women are welcome to join the Baltimore Shambhala Women's Group for our monthly gathering! Light breakfast & socializing starts at 9am; participant-led program is 10-11:30 am. Continue »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

Hard Times: Simple Courage & Natural Bravery

with Jude Robison

June 22nd—June 28th

In this week-long retreat, you will explore the sitting practice of meditation, along with contemplative practice and embodied exercises,You can work with the retreat leader to customize your sitting time and practice days. Continue »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

Hard Times: Simple Courage & Natural Bravery - Weekend

with Jude Robison

June 22nd—June 23rd

In this weekend retreat, you will explore the sitting practice of meditation, along with contemplative practice and embodied exercises,You can work with the retreat leader to customize your sitting time and practice days. Continue »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

Hard Times: Simple Courage & Natural Bravery - Day 3

with Jude Robison

June 24th

In this week-long retreat, you will explore the sitting practice of meditation, along with contemplative practice and embodied exercises,You can work with the retreat leader to customize your sitting time and practice days. Continue »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

Hard Times: Simple Courage & Natural Bravery - Weekdays

with Jude Robison

June 24th—June 28th

In this weekday retreat, you will explore the sitting practice of meditation, along with contemplative practice and embodied exercises,You can work with the retreat leader to customize your sitting time and practice days. Continue »

Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

Hard Times: Simple Courage & Natural Bravery - Day 4

with Jude Robison

June 25th

In this week-long retreat, you will explore the sitting practice of meditation, along with contemplative practice and embodied exercises,You can work with the retreat leader to customize your sitting time and practice days. Continue »