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

“To wake yourself up is to feel your own kindness, wisdom and strength.” – Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

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.

Sitting practice is open to all on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, 6-7pm, and on Sunday mornings, 9am-12pm. Learn to meditate by attending one of our many Introductory Programs. Our full calendar listings are here. As part of a global community founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and led 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

BAGELS & DHARMA: Trust

with Shastri Tom Berthoff

February 25th

The spiritual path is risky business. Can we trust what we're taught? Can we trust who's teaching? Can we trust ourselves? Let's talk about it. Continue »

Shambhala Day Address replay

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

February 25th

We will replay the Sakyong's address from Shambhala Day, followed by an informal discussion. Continue »

Milarepa Day

March 3rd

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 »