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

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.

At this time, our community is facing difficult challenges. Learn more.

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

A Year of Deepening in Compassion Part I: The Four Limitless Ones

February 10th—April 21st

The Shambhala Acharyas lead the community in a year long series of talks, contemplative and meditation practices from the Buddhist Mahayana teachings, the path of the bodhisattva warrior. Continue »

Alexander Technique Workshop

with Joseph Arnold & Shastri Alexander deVaron

March 23rd

This workshop will take place once a month January through June. Through individual or group exercises, the teachers will introduce the Alexander Technique, a 100-year-old holistic system of body awareness and movement re-education. Continue »

White Tara: A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times

with Shastri Alexander deVaron

March 23rd

The lineage practice of White Tara, long popular in Kagyu and Nyingma communities, is particularly relied upon in times of domestic and community turmoil and disharmony, and when personal or family health is threatened. Continue »