We are now offering limited IN-PERSON programming. Read about the Philadelphia Shambhala Center current safety measures. Please visit the Classes & Programs pages to see whether programs are being offered online or in-person. In brief, all in-person participants must be fully vaccinated and wear masks at all times. Participants must register in advance and confirm that you will follow the protocols when arriving at the Center.

We continue to offer ONLINE opportunities for practice, study, and community at low or no charge. Your generous support will help us provide online programming that will sustain our community in difficult times. Please give what you can through our donation page.

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The Shambhala Meditation Center of Philadelphia stands with the millions of people across the globe in proclaiming the dignity and worthiness of black lives. #BlackLivesMatter. Read the letter from the Transition Leadership Team.

In the past year, there has been a sharp and alarming rise in reports of attacks against Asian Americans. As a community rooted in the ancient and living gifts of the Buddhadharma, the Philadelphia Shambhala Center stands with the Asian American Pacific Islander community in solidarity, compassion, and strength. We strongly condemn the violent acts of hatred that occurred on March 16, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia as well as the historical, shameful use of anti-Asian rhetoric and sentiments that have been exacerbated by the pandemic and by rising white nationalism. View Asian American Buddhist perspectives on racism published in Tricycle.

Now more than ever we understand the importance of community. We welcome all who are interested in connecting during this uncertain time. We continue to welcome your input and ideas for how to stay connected with our practice and each other during this time. Please contact the Transition Leadership Team with any ideas, feelings, and concerns at [email protected] .

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. As part of a global community founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and continued 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 →