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

Joy in Everyday Life

with Alexander Devaron, Jean Plough, Adam Tecza

May 1st—May 29th

Third course in the Way of Shambhala series. This course expands the meditation experience by introducing practical methods for developing ongoing kindness toward ourselves and others. Continue »

Bagels & Dharma: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee!

with Jean Plough

May 27th

What does it mean to “wake up”? Everybody’s hurrying, but nobody’s going anywhere… we’re in an age now when people are slumbering. They think they’re awake, but they’re really sleeping… Continue »

Shakyamuni Buddha Day (Vaishaka Day)

May 29th

Vaishakha Day is a major Buddhist holiday which commemorates three major events in the life of Shakyamuni Buddha: his birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana. Everyone is invited to join us for meditation, talks, and celebration. Continue »