Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

We are part of an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, now directed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. We offer public sitting practice and instruction, 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 sanity, gentleness and humor.

We have provided meditation and Buddhist studies to northeast Ohio for over 20 years.

Monthly Calendar

Open Public Sitting Hours

Sunday Public Meditation (10am-12pm) – A warm introduction to the Shambhala Center through gathering to share meditation, discussion, food and social time. Instruction always available.

Tuesday Public Meditation (7-9pm) – Open group meditation practice. Instruction always available.

Wednesday MORNING Public Meditation (9:30-10:30am) – Open group meditation.  No instruction will be available.

Wednesday Public Meditation (EAST SIDE – 7-9pm) – at First Unitarian Church of Cleveland, Room 103, 21600 Shaker Blvd, Shaker Heights, OH 44122.  Meditation instruction available on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

We are committed to:

  • Practicing and studying the Shambhala Buddhist tradition of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
  • Mindfulness/Awareness Meditation Practice
  • Hinayana, Mahayana, Vajrayana Buddhism
  • Shambhala Teachings
  • Nalanda Arts and Education
  • Kasungship
  • Generosity (click to see our Generosity Policy)
  • Providing an uplifted, friendly atmosphere where everyone is welcomed.
  • Nurturing individual and family participation in community, practice and study.
  • Being a supportive community that is responsive to members’ health and well-being.
  • Maintaining warmth, flexibility and a sense of humor in carrying out this vision.


“Sangha” is the Sanskrit term for “community of practitioners” – one of the three jewels of Buddhism. This Shambhala Meditation Center is home to a wonderfully diverse community who share a genuine connection to contemplative practice and the aspiration to realize a more wakeful, sane society. Friends and members of the Shambhala Center are welcome to attend celebrations, practice events, meetings and gatherings of special interest groups.

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Ongoing Offerings

Our centre offers a rich array of ongoing offerings free to the public including weekly public sitting meditation hours and dharma talks. No prior meditation experience required to attend.  All are welcome. More →

Featured Programs

Nyinthun: A Day of Practice

April 29th

A full-day group meditation practice, a chance to deepen one's own practice. Continue »

Lost Art of Good Conversation #2: Engaging the World

May 19th

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Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

with Fred Schwieg

June 1st—June 3rd

Having learned not to turn away from fear, we can extend that practice into everyday life situations. We learn that we can work with whatever situation arises, developing more confidence in all aspects of our daily life. Continue »

Lost Art of Good Conversation #3: Enriching Our Relationships

June 16th

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