All Programs

We are offering IN-PERSON and ONLINE programming. Read about the Philadelphia Shambhala Center current safety measures. In brief: AS OF OCTOBER 21st, when attending in-person programs and events at the Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center.
  •  Masks are optional but highly encouraged out of consideration for the well-being of everyone.
  •  Vaccination is not required, but we encourage everyone to be up-to-date on COVID and flu vaccines.
  •  If you are not feeling well for any reason, please stay home and take care of yourself. We look forward to seeing you when you are feeling better.

 

We are pleased to offer opportunities for practice, study, and community.  Your generous support will help us provide programming that will sustain our community.  Please give what you can through our donation page.

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 or cash. Please arrive 10 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.


All Programs

What the Buddha Taught: A Year of Studying the Core Teachings of Buddhism (in person)

January 20th—December 14th

Each month the Shambhala Center will offer a full day of study and practice, focusing on teachings that have remained central to the Buddhist view, drawn from a wide range of sources. Continue »

Speaking your truth despite the obstacles: a poetry and prose workshop (online)

with Jeffrey Lee

May 18th—July 13th

This creative writing workshop’s intent is to enable participants to overcome the many ways that one can avoid saying what really matters and what is the most meaningful to oneself. Continue »

Social Presencing Theater: Curiosity, Compassion, Courage

with Elaine Yuen & Nicole Taylor

June 1st—December 15th

The Philadelphia Shambhala Center is pleased to host a series of workshops cultivating embodied presence. Continue »

First Sunday Extended Sitting Meditation (In person)

June 2nd—October 6th

Please come join us from 9:30 - 12:00 on the first Sunday of the month for an extended period of sitting and walking meditation. Continue »

What the Buddha Taught Class 6:  Karma and The Wheel of Life

with Jude Robison & Ellen Knapp

June 22nd

In this intensive, we'll learn about karma, what it is and what it isn’t. We will explore the Wheel of Life – the Twelve Nidanas and the Six Realms. Continue »

2024 Continuing Education for Meditation Instructors: Weekend Three (Online)

with Janet Solyntjes & Elaine Yuen

June 22nd—June 23rd

Weekend Three includes a Saturday overview of mental health, meditation, and the role of the Meditation Instructor tailored for people who are not mental health experts. Continue »

Midsummer Celebration

June 23rd

Midsummer's Day is a celebration of the day associated with the summer solstice.  It is an opportunity for friends and families to enjoy summer fun together.  Everyone is welcome to join in.   Continue »

Learn to Meditate (In person)

with Barry Buchy

July 13th

In these challenging times, the practical wisdom of meditation can help us show up for our daily lives with more kindness, confidence and curiosity. Continue »

What the Buddha Taught Class 7:  Profound View and Vast Action

with Jude Robison & Marilia Marien

July 20th

In this daylong program, we will explore the foundations of the profound view and vast action of the Mahayana teachings, as well as their relevance and application in our everyday lives. Continue »

Urban Retreat: Living a Wise, Kind and Joyful Life

with Jude Robison & Marilia Marien

July 29th—August 4th

The theme for this summer’s Urban Retreat is meditation and the contemplative arts as a way of living a wise, kind and joyful life. The morning sessions will focus on basic meditation practice, the afternoons on contemplative arts. Continue »

Learn to Meditate (In person)

August 7th

In these challenging times, the practical wisdom of meditation can help us show up for our daily lives with more kindness, confidence and curiosity. Continue »

What the Buddha Taught Class 8: Emptiness and the Heart Sutra

with Jean Plough & Marilia Marien

August 17th

Registration for Social Presencing Theater August 24

with Elaine Yuen & Nicole Taylor

August 24th

Learn to Meditate (In person)

September 7th

In these challenging times, the practical wisdom of meditation can help us show up for our daily lives with more kindness, confidence and curiosity. Continue »

What the Buddha Taught Class 9: The Six Paramitas

with Elaine Yuen & Martin Smith

September 21st

What the Buddha Taught Class 11: Lojong

with Marilia Marien & Mark Jacobson

November 16th