As a result of COVID-19, our Center is closed for now. Join us as we transition our programs and groups online.

The Shambhala Meditation Center of Philadelphia stands with the millions of people across the globe in proclaiming the dignity and worthiness of black lives. #BlackLivesMatter.

Click here for the letter from the Transition Leadership Team.

a serene common area with a view through to a light-filled shrine room

Although the Philadelphia Shambhala Center building is closed for now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are actively working with program leaders and community group leaders to transition events to an online format.


    • Program Changes Visit our Programs page to find out which programs are offered virtually. This page will be updated as more programs make the transition to an online format.


Now more than ever we understand the importance of community. We welcome all who are interested in connecting during this uncertain time. We continue to welcome your input and ideas for how to stay connected with our practice and each other during this time. Please contact the Transition Leadership Team with any ideas, feelings, and concerns at [email protected] .

The Shambhala Meditation Center of Philadelphia is a vibrant community inspired by the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness, wisdom and compassion. For over 40 years, the Shambhala Meditation Center has offered programs on meditation, contemplative practice, and the arts, as well as a wide range of cultural and social activities that cultivate wakefulness and creativity.

Our approach to the practice and study of meditation is grounded in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. Our mission is to inspire an awake and compassionate society through personal and collective transformation. As part of a global community founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and continued by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Shambhala welcomes people from all walks of life, faiths, and backgrounds.

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 →

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

Sunday - White Tara Practice (Online)

August 9th—September 13th

Exploring the Nature of Reality (online)

with Shastri Alexander deVaron & James Avery

August 15th—August 29th