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

“To wake yourself up is to feel your own kindness, wisdom and strength.” – Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

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

The Contentment Weekend

with Jonathan Herson & Ellen Knapp

July 27th—July 29th

Contentment In Everyday Life expands on the experience of peaceful abiding meditation, and introduces the practice of contemplation meditation. Continue »

BAGELS & DHARMA The Feminine Principle: Why it Matters

with Jude Robison

July 29th

Do we misunderstand, ignore, fear the feminine principle in our lives and our world? What are the qualities of that principle? And how might those qualities be restorative? Continue »

Open House

with Alex Anderson

August 1st

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 »