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

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 »

Ritual and Form: Mamo Chants and the End of Lunar Year

January 25th—February 3rd

This series of short talks on the rituals and forms around the Shambhala Buddhist year-end practices explores the symbolism, language and energetic significance these practices contain. Continue »

Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos

January 25th

"Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos" is a chanting practice which is recited to pacify the karmic cause of personal, social, and environmental chaos that accumulates at the year's end. It is an elaborate protector offering. 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 »

Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos

with Shastri Thomas Berthoff

January 27th

"Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos" is a chanting practice which is recited to pacify the karmic cause of personal, social, and environmental chaos that accumulates at the year's end. It is an elaborate protector offering. Continue »

Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos

with Shastri Thomas Berthoff

January 28th

Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos

with Shastri Thomas Berthoff

January 29th

Werma Sadhana Feast

January 30th

All Shambhala sadhakas are invited to this Werma Sadhana feast, Continue »

Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos

with Jean Plough

January 31st

"Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos" is a chanting practice which is recited to pacify the karmic cause of personal, social, and environmental chaos that accumulates at the year's end. It is an elaborate protector offering. Continue »

Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos

with Alexander deVaron

February 1st

Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos

with Shastri Thomas Berthoff

February 2nd

Kurukulla Year-End Practice

February 3rd

Year-end practice session of the Kurukulla Sadhana, for those who who have received the empowerment from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Continue »

Monthly Sing

with Alexander deVaron

February 3rd

Mindfulness brings us into the fullness of the moment. Singing infuses our being with vibrant energy. Imagine the possibilities when we bring these two activities together! Continue »

Monthly Contemplative Dance Practice

February 3rd

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 »

Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos

with Shastri Thomas Berthoff

February 3rd

"Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos" is a chanting practice which is recited to pacify the karmic cause of personal, social, and environmental chaos that accumulates at the year's end. It is an elaborate protector offering. Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra

February 4th

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 »

Shambhala Day 2019: Year of the Earth Boar

February 5th

A celebration of sangha to welcome the Year of the Earth Boar: thoughtful, generous, good-humored! Continue »

Open House

February 6th

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 »

Alexander Technique Workshop

with Joseph Arnold & Alexander deVaron

February 9th

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 »

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Marilia Marien & Molly McCoy

February 12th—March 12th

Introductory Meditation Class - great for newcomers! What is Contentment and where/how do we find it? Continue »

Milarepa Day

February 17th

Milarepa Day is a traditional celebration of the enlightenment and life example of Milarepa. The celebration involves a full day of practice, which includes chanting the Milarepa sadhana and reading the songs of the lineage teachers in The Rain of Wisdom. Continue »

Shambhala Art - Part One: Coming to Your Senses

with Alexander deVaron

February 23rd

Shambhala Art is art that wakes us up. Meditation inspires creativity by clarifying our perceptions and relaxing habitual mind. In Shambhala Art we explore the creative process, cultivating awareness that leads to pure expression. Continue »

Monthly Contemplative Dance Practice

March 3rd

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 »

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior

March 8th—March 10th

In Shambhala Training Level II, we cultivate our willingness to observe our cocoon of habitual fear and defense mechanisms. We begin to appreciate that we can fully experience our basic goodness and further develop fearlessness. Continue »

Alexander Technique Workshop

with Joseph Arnold & Alexander deVaron

March 9th

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 »

Shambhala Art - Part Two: Seeing Things As They Are

with Alexander deVaron

March 16th

Through meditation we come to see things as they are as opposed to how we think or imagine they are. We discover that everything has a felt presence to it as well as a thought sense that we bring to it. Continue »

Monthly Sing

with Alexander deVaron

April 7th

Mindfulness brings us into the fullness of the moment. Singing infuses our being with vibrant energy. Imagine the possibilities when we bring these two activities together! Continue »

Monthly Contemplative Dance Practice

April 7th

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 »

How to Meditate - April

with Alison Driscoll

April 10th

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 »

Alexander Technique Workshop

with Joseph Arnold & Alexander deVaron

April 13th

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 »

Monthly Sing

with Alexander deVaron

May 5th

Mindfulness brings us into the fullness of the moment. Singing infuses our being with vibrant energy. Imagine the possibilities when we bring these two activities together! Continue »

Monthly Contemplative Dance Practice

May 5th

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 »

How to Meditate - May

with Michael Carroll

May 9th

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 »

Alexander Technique Workshop

with Joseph Arnold & Alexander deVaron

May 11th

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 »

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Barry Buchy

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 »

Monthly Sing

with Alexander deVaron

June 2nd

Mindfulness brings us into the fullness of the moment. Singing infuses our being with vibrant energy. Imagine the possibilities when we bring these two activities together! 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 »

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 »

Alexander Technique Workshop

with Joseph Arnold & 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 »

Hard Times: Simple Courage & Natural Bravery

with Jude Robison

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 »