Community

“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.

The Shambhala Meditation Center is part of an international community of 165 meditation centers founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. The Shambhala Buddhist path, unique in the world of Western Buddhism, combines the teachings of the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism with the Shambhala view of living an uplifted life, fully engaged with the world.

Programs in Buddhist teachings, meditation and other contemplative disciplines are offered as well as free individual meditation instruction.

We are committed to:

  • Practicing and studying the Shambhala Buddhist tradition of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
  • Offering training in the many aspects of this tradition, including:
    • Mindfulness/Awareness Meditation Practice
    • Hinayana, Mahayana, Vajrayana Buddhism
    • Shambhala Teachings
    • Nalanda Arts and Education
    • Kasungship
  • 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.