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 I: The Four Limitless Ones

February 10th—April 21st

The Shambhala Acharyas lead the community in a year long series of talks, contemplative and meditation practices from the Buddhist Mahayana teachings, the path of the bodhisattva warrior. Continue »

Alexander Technique Workshop

with Joseph Arnold & Shastri Alexander deVaron

March 23rd

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 »

White Tara: A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times

with Shastri Alexander deVaron

March 23rd

The lineage practice of White Tara, long popular in Kagyu and Nyingma communities, is particularly relied upon in times of domestic and community turmoil and disharmony, and when personal or family health is threatened. Continue »

Bagels and Dharma: Seeing with the Heart

March 31st

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 »

Open House

with Marc Scheiner

April 3rd

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 »

Sadhana of Mahamudra

April 5th

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 »

Alexander Technique Workshop

with Joseph Arnold & Shastri Alexander deVaron

April 6th

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 »

New Member Welcome and Orientation

April 6th

Welcoming our newer members and introducing you to the fullness of our community. Continue »

Monthly Sing

with Shastri 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 »

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

with Acharya Eric Spiegel & Thomas Berthoff

April 12th—April 14th

This training is open to all who have taken Shambhala Training Levels I and II. In this training, we work to bring the mindfulness and awareness cultivated during our meditation practice into all aspects of our daily life. Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra

April 19th

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

April 28th

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 »

Open House

with Shastri Alexander deVaron

May 1st

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 »

Sadhana of Mahamudra

May 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 »

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

May 5th—July 14th

The Shambhala Acharyas lead the community in a year long series of talks, contemplative and meditation practices from the Buddhist Mahayana teachings, the path of the bodhisattva warrior. Continue »

Monthly Sing

with Shastri 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 & Shastri 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 »

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 »

Monthly Sing

with Shastri 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 »

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 »

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 »

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

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 »

Hard Times: Simple Courage & Natural Bravery - Weekend

with Jude Robison

June 22nd—June 23rd

In this weekend 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 - Weekdays

with Jude Robison

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

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 »

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 »

Sadhana of Mahamudra

September 14th

Sadhana of Mahamudra

September 28th

Sadhana of Mahamudra

with Thomas Berthoff

December 12th