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

is truly feeling oneself as a human being.

Shambhala Vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature can be developed in daily life so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society.

We offer free meditation instruction and sitting practice, as well as a wide variety of classes and retreats in meditation, Shambhala Buddhist teachings, and other contemplative disciplines. Sitting practice is open and available on Tuesday, Wednesday and  Thursday evenings and on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.  Check the calendar for  specific days/times as well as schedule changes.

Shambhala Meditation is based on the premise that the natural state of the mind is calm and clear. It’s a practice that anyone can do. Both cushions and chairs are provided.  Learn to meditate and develop mindfulness awareness by attending one of our many Introductory Programs or Ongoing Offerings.

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

The Basic Goodness of Society: Finding Sanity in Chaos

with Marilia Marien & Shastri Tom Berthoff

October 12th—November 16th

In a chaotic and confusing world, how do we work with our own minds, with other people, and with our greater society to uncover sanity and goodness? Come explore the basic goodness of society through meditation, contemplation, and conversation. Continue »

Harvest Ball

October 28th

Let's Celebrate! Let's Dance! Come to the first annual Harvest Ball at the Philadelphia Shambhala Center and dance the night away with a live DJ Continue »

BAGELS & DHARMA: Decorum and the Eightfold Path

with Shastri Tom Berthoff

October 29th

How do we lead an awake, kind, and beneficial life? How can we put the Buddha's Eightfold Noble Path into practice? What's the connection between meditation and conduct? This month's Bagels and Dharma takes on these questions and more. Continue »