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

Philly Fresh Dharma: End Well

with Anna Murphey

March 22nd

How do we end a conversation well? This presentation, discussion, and conversation is part of a Thursday evening series open to all with no prerequisites required. Continue »

BAGELS & DHARMA: Your Body IS the Present Moment

with Jude Robison

March 25th

One of the fundamental teachings of Buddhism is mindfulness of body. But what does that mean and how do we bring it into our practice and our daily lives? Continue »

Warriors in the World at Grace Cafe

March 25th

This month, Warriors in the World returns to serve members of the community at Grace Cafe. Volunteers help with several different positions to make this meal happen. The cooking is done ahead of time, so our jobs are related to serving and cleanup. Continue »