is truly feeling oneself as a human being.

Shambhala Vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature can be developed in daily life so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society.

We offer free meditation instruction and sitting practice, as well as a wide variety of classes and retreats in meditation, Shambhala Buddhist teachings, and other contemplative disciplines. Sitting practice is open and available on Tuesday – Thursday and Sunday mornings.  Check the calender for  specific days/times as well as schedule changes.

Shambhala Meditation is based on the premise that the natural state of the mind is calm and clear. It’s a practice that anyone can do. Both cushions and chairs are provided.  Learn to meditate and develop mindfulness awareness by attending one of our many Introductory Programs or Ongoing Offerings.


New to Shambhala?

Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Learn about our vision, lineage & community. More →

Katie Baingbridge

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

Queer Sangha

April 16th—December 17th

Queer Sangha is an open public meditation group at the Philadelphia Shambhala Center for the LGBTQ* (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning) community. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Jonathan Herson

October 17th—October 18th

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human 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 »

Community Shambhala Sadhana Celebration

with Shastri Tom Berthoff

October 25th

All Philadelphia Shambhala Center members are invited to this Shambhala Sadhana practice and celebratory meal. This is an opportunity for us to meet each other, practice together, and talk about basic goodness and wholesome society. Continue »