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.

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

Pop-Up Open Mic (a summer sangha social)

August 17th

Share a song, some stand up, a story, or what-have-you at our relaxed sangha social. Continue »

Envisioning a Way Forward: Members Meeting

August 23rd

In this time of transition in Shambhala, what is most needed at our Center? All current members of the Philadelphia Shambhala Center are invited to attend this meeting. Continue »

The Heart Sutra: A Practice Intensive

with Shastri Tom Berthoff

August 24th—August 26th

The Heart Sutra (Prajnaparamitasutra) is a core text in the Mahayana Buddhist traditions. This intensive includes study and practice of the Heart Sutra Continue »