All Programs

We are now offering limited IN-PERSON programming. Read about the Philadelphia Shambhala Center current safety measures. Please see below whether programs are being offered online or in-person. In brief, all in-person participants must be fully vaccinated and wear masks at all times. Participants must register in advance and confirm that you will follow the protocols when arriving at the Center.

We continue to offer ONLINE opportunities for practice, study, and community at low or no charge. Your generous support will help us provide online programming that will sustain our community in difficult times. Please give what you can through our donation page.


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

Maitri Bhavana Practice

May 2nd—April 3rd

Maitri Bhavana is a meditation on loving kindness that is practiced for those who are seriously ill, either physically or mentally, a timely and powerful practice in this time of Covid-19. Continue »

Sunday Sitting Meditation (In person)

December 19th—January 30th

What better way to make a first return to the Center, than by returning to our 'center': the grounding and clarifying experience of being together in meditation. Continue »

Thursday Sitting Meditation (In person)

January 6th—January 27th

What better way to make a first return to the Center, than by returning to our 'center': the grounding and clarifying experience of being together in meditation. Continue »

Contentment in Everyday Life (online)

with Shastri Alexander deVaron

January 13th—February 10th

Together we'll experience the notion that true contentment is always happening now -- if we could just learn to relax and tune into it.  Continue »

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

with Jeffrey Lee

January 15th—March 12th

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 »

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

with Marilia Marien & Aurora Casta

January 24th—March 21st

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a class grounded in research that teaches skills to help you further develop your ability to cope more effectively with expected and unexpected life stress.  Continue »

Simplicity, Relaxation and Love: The Heart of Lojong Practice

with Shastri Alexander deVaron

February 12th

In this day-long retreat, we'll take a deep dive into the profound and pithy slogans known as Lojong, or “mind training.” Continue »

White Tara Practice (Online)

February 13th

Tara practice encourages us to tune into her quality of compassion that protects from obstacles to health and supports long life. Continue »