All Programs

Registration

To reserve a space, please register via the link on the program’s page. You can pay via credit card or PayPal. You can also register at the Center when the program begins and pay with a check, cash or credit card. Please arrive 30 minutes early. If you are unable to attend a program for which you have registered, a refund is available. Please contact us as soon as possible prior to the program.


Generosity Policy

“Generosity is the virtue that produces peace.”
―from the Sutra of the Recollection of the Three Jewels

The Philadelphia Shambhala Center is a non-profit organization run by volunteers and supported by the generosity of its members and program participants. We are committed to making both meditation practice and the programs we offer accessible to all. Financial constraints should not be an obstacle to taking part. At the same time, the costs associated with running the Center are accurately reflected in our program pricing.

Our Generosity Policy makes our registration process a contemplative practice of generosity where, if the program price is not presently workable for you, we invite you to contemplate how much you are able to offer. Paying what you can is a gesture of support for our Center and its mission.

Our policy also encourages generosity for those who can offer more than the regular program price through “Patron Pricing,” as a way to pay-it-forward. This option enables us to cover costs for those who are not able to pay the full program price.

We thank you for your generosity. To register using the Generosity Policy, please contact: marcjason223@gmail.com


All Programs

A Year of Deepening in Compassion Part 2: The Six Paramitas

May 5th—July 14th

The Shambhala Acharyas lead the community in a series of talks, contemplative and meditation practices from Buddhist Mahayana teachings on the Six Paramitas of the the bodhisattva warrior. The talks are all given live on line. Continue »

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Barry Buchy & Jean Plough

May 15th—June 5th

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 Jonathan Herson

May 17th—May 19th

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 »

Sadhana of Mahamudra

May 18th

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 »

Bagels and Dharma: Hard times and simple courage: Making friends with fear.

with Marilia Marien

May 26th

Bagels & Dharma is a program that reflects Shambhala's vision of enlightened community. It combines meditation practice with a dharma talk, food, and conversation. Continue »

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

with Aurora Casta & Marilia Marien

May 30th—July 25th

Learn to manage multiple stressors and support your well-being through practicing mindfulness in the eight-week curriculum developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. Continue »

Monthly Contemplative Dance Practice

June 2nd

Contemplative Dance Practice is training for personal and group awareness of body/mind through a simple form that alternates sitting meditation with self-directed body movement in space. Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra

June 3rd

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 »

How to Meditate - June

with Barry Buchy

June 12th

This program is a thorough introduction to meditation practice. This simple and effective course introduces 2500 year-old wisdom that is fresh and applicable in today's world. Continue »

Shakyamuni Buddha: His Life, Teachings, and Students

with Thomas Berthoff

June 15th

Shakyamuni Buddha taught 2600 years ago, but his life and teachings continue to inspire people around the world. This day of study and meditation will be dedicated to Shakyamuni Buddha's life example and teachings, as well as his principle students. Continue »

Alexander Technique Workshop

with Joseph Arnold & Shastri Alexander deVaron

June 15th

This workshop will take place once a month January through June. Through individual or group exercises, the teachers will introduce the Alexander Technique, a 100-year-old holistic system of body awareness and movement re-education. Continue »

Shakyamuni Buddha Day (Vaishaka Day)

with Thomas Berthoff

June 17th

Vaishakha Day is a major Buddhist holiday which commemorates three major events in the life of Shakyamuni Buddha: his birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana. Everyone is invited to join us for meditation, talks, and celebration. Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra

June 17th

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 »

Hard Times: Simple Courage & Natural Bravery - Weeklong Retreat

with Jude Robison, Marilia Marien, Joseph Arnold

June 22nd—June 28th

In this week-long retreat, you will explore the sitting practice of meditation, along with contemplative practice and embodied exercises,You can work with the retreat leader to customize your sitting time and practice days. Continue »

Discovering True Courage: Not Afraid of Who We Are - Weekend

with Jude Robison, Marilia Marien, Joseph Arnold

June 22nd—June 23rd

Discovering true courage begins with making friends with ourselves. By developing a sense of wellbeing and appreciation for ourselves, we open a doorway to compassion and appreciation of others and our world. Continue »

Hard Times: Simple Courage & Natural Bravery - Weekdays

with Jude Robison, Marilia Marien, Joseph Arnold

June 24th—June 28th

In this weekday retreat, you will explore the sitting practice of meditation, along with contemplative practice and embodied exercises,You can work with the retreat leader to customize your sitting time and practice days. Continue »

Hard Times: Simple Courage & Natural Bravery - Day 3

with Jude Robison, Marilia Marien, Joseph Arnold

June 24th

In this week-long retreat, you will explore the sitting practice of meditation, along with contemplative practice and embodied exercises,You can work with the retreat leader to customize your sitting time and practice days. Continue »

Hard Times: Simple Courage & Natural Bravery - Day 4

with Jude Robison, Marilia Marien, Joseph Arnold

June 25th

Hard Times: Simple Courage & Natural Bravery - Day 5

with Jude Robison, Marilia Marien, Joseph Arnold

June 26th

Hard Times: Simple Courage & Natural Bravery - Day 6

with Jude Robison, Marilia Marien, Joseph Arnold

June 27th

Hard Times: Simple Courage & Natural Bravery - Day 7

with Jude Robison, Marilia Marien, Joseph Arnold

June 28th

Sadhana of Mahamudra

July 2nd

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 »

Riding the Tilt-A-Whirl: the Buddha’s Teaching on Karma

with Thomas Berthoff

July 12th—July 14th

Why are we suffering? What can we do to stop suffering? How does meditation accomplish both understanding and stopping suffering? This meditation and study intensive focuses on how the Buddha’s teaching on karma answers those questions. Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra

July 16th

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 »

Sadhana of Mahamudra

September 14th

Sadhana of Mahamudra

September 28th

Sadhana of Mahamudra

with Thomas Berthoff

December 12th