All Programs


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: [email protected]

All Programs

Modern Classics for Buddhists - Book Group

December 1st—May 3rd

Join us for a discussion of books from various traditions that have shaped contemporary Buddhist thinking. Continue »

Monthly Contemplative Dance Practice

January 5th—December 6th

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 »

Speaking your truth..a creative writing class for poets & writers

with Jeffrey Lee

January 18th—March 7th

Join other prose writers, script writers and poets and find your voice in saying what really matters. Continue »

How to Increase Compassion: the Mind Training Practice of Sending and Taking

with Marilia Marien & Thomas Berthoff

January 25th

"Sending and Taking" (tonglen in Tibetan) is a practice that helps develop our capacity for compassion. In this one day program you will learn how to do the practice, and how to integrate it into your meditation and life. Continue »

Bagels and Dharma: Experiencing Ego - From Fortress to Portal

with Ellen Knapp

January 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 »

Exploring Whiteness

with Deborah Cooper

January 26th

It's hoped that this presentation will provide inspiration to learn ways in which we can become compassionate agents of change. Continue »

Mindfulness for Everyone: Building and Sustaining a Meditation Practice

with Jude Robison & Marc Scheiner

January 30th—February 20th

Learn to develop or strengthen your meditation practice. All are welcome Continue »

Meditation Practice and the Buddhist Teachings: What You’ll Need for Your Journey

with Shastri Alexander deVaron

February 1st

At this day-long retreat you will learn how to take delight in the path, even when it brings you face to face with aspects of yourself that you might want to avoid. You will also explore how the Buddhist teachings and practices can create a path of transf Continue »

Open House

with Marilia Marien

February 5th

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 »

Shambhala Path of Warriorship Weekend I: Awakening Goodness

with Jude Robison

February 8th—February 9th

Mindfulness meditation enables us to stay balanced and present as we navigate the shifting currents of our lives. By training in meditation, we can approach life’s challenges with greater clarity and strength. Continue »

Shambhala Art - Part One & Part Two

with Shastri Alexander deVaron & Joann Herson

February 15th—February 16th

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 »

Shambhala Art - Part One: Coming to Your Senses

with Shastri Alexander deVaron

February 15th

Shambhala Art - Part Two: Seeing Things As They Are

with Joann Herson

February 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 »

Community Meeting: Co-Creating our Future

February 16th

Join us for discussions that will influence the future of the Center. Continue »

Bagels and Dharma

February 23rd

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 »

Natural Wisdom and Emotional Alchemy: Western adaptations of Buddhist practice

with Shastri Alexander deVaron & Valerie Saxton

February 23rd—March 15th

Discover your inherent wisdom through integration of Buddhist practices and Western psychology. Continue »

Shambhala Day 2020 - Year of the Iron Mouse

February 24th

Celebrate the lunar New Year with practice, a worldwide virtual gathering, food and community! Continue »

Open House

March 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 »

Shambhala Training Level II: Discover Your Inner Warrior

with Shastri Alexander deVaron

March 6th—March 8th

Shambhala Training Level II builds on the foundation of meditation practice introduced in Level I and explores how our habitual patterns obscure our fearlessness and the brilliance of the world in which we live. Continue »

Essential Dharma: The Four Noble Truths and the Three Marks of Existence

with Marilia Marien

March 7th

Free Yourself from Suffering by understanding the Basics of Buddhism Continue »

The Heart of Recovery One-Day Retreat

with Scott Perkins

March 14th

Explore the relationship between meditation and recovery from addiction and compulsive behaviors. Continue »

Awake in the Body: Mindfulness of Body in Our Meditation and Our Lives

with Jude Robison & Asimina Chremos

March 22nd

Let's explore how we can use our attention towards our body as the support for our meditation practice and everyday lives Continue »

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

with Thomas Berthoff

March 27th—March 29th

In this weekend retreat, we work to bring the mindfulness and awareness cultivated during our meditation practice into all aspects of our daily life. Continue »

Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows

April 3rd—April 5th

SAVE THE DATE -- Refuge & Bodhisattva Vows will be provided during this weekend program. In addition, prep classes in advance of the weekend will be offered. Continue »