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

Bagels and Dharma : Can't we talk about something more pleasant? Why Buddhists contemplate death

with Jude Robison

August 25th

The traditional Buddhist teachings instruct us to contemplate "Death comes without warning; this body will be a corpse" every day. Does this suggest that Buddhism is a gloomy philosophy or, in fact, a life-affirming one? Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra

August 30th

The Sadhana of Mahamudra is one of the mind-treasures of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche that is recited regularly at all Shambhala Centers as a means of overcoming obstacles in one's practice and life. Continue »

Open House

with Lisa Kraus

September 4th

Join us for an introduction to the Philadelphia Shambhala Center and all it has to offer. This evening program includes guided meditation instruction and snacks. Continue »