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

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Margaret Ervin & Caroline Couture

January 9th—January 30th

This four-week class is designed to help new meditators develop a regular practice and bring the benefits of mindfulness to their daily lives. By forming a habit of meditation, we learn to relax and simply be with whatever is going on in our lives. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Jude Robison

January 26th—January 27th

Shambhala Training Level I is the beginning of the Way of Shambhala path - a series of weekend retreats and weekly companion courses that are an effective way for students of any tradition to learn to meditate. Continue »

Bagels and Dharma: The Power of Stories

with Shastri Thomas Berthoff

January 27th

Bagels & Dharma is a program that reflects Shambhala's vision of enlightened community. For this session, Tom Berthoff will be sharing his favorite stories about the Buddha. Continue »