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 - Online Book Group

December 1st—May 3rd

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

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

February 1st—January 9th (2021)

Join us for an online monthly feast of Dharma ! Continue »

What the Buddha Taught: the Habit Called Ego (Online)

with Michael Carroll

April 4th—April 11th

Join us for this online course as we consider the role ego plays in our lives Continue »

Tools for Survival: Problem - Boredom; Solution - Meditation (Online on Tuesdays 7:30-9PM)

with Thomas Berthoff

April 14th—May 12th

In this time of enforced seclusion, most of us are dealing with moments of intense boredom (and intense anxiety). This online course introduces the practice of meditation as solution to and exploration of boredom in all its aspects. Continue »

How to Meditate - Thursday April 16, 7-9 pm (Online)

with Alison Driscoll

April 16th

This online 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 »

Finding Contentment in Difficult Times (Online Thursdays 7-9 pm)

with Shastri Alexander deVaron & Jean Plough

April 23rd—May 21st

Dealing with uncertainty during this pandemic, can we learn to face it in the present moment with inquisitiveness and gentleness? Continue »

What the Buddha Taught: Four Foundations of Mindfulness (Online Sat 9:30-11:30 am))

with Alison Driscoll & Richard Driscoll

May 2nd—May 9th

Deepen your understanding of mindfulness practice Continue »

Qigong 1 and 2 - Peaceful Body, Peaceful Mind

with Michael Busby

July 11th—July 12th

Introduction to QiGong - Relax your body & align your mind Continue »