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.


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


First Sunday Extended Sitting Meditation (In person)

December 3rd—April 7th

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 »

Sunday Sitting Meditation (In person)

January 14th—April 28th

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 »

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 »

Buddhism and social Justice

January 21st—May 19th

Join us for an ongoing exploration of what Buddhist wisdom can bring to our current state of social inequality and environmental crisis. Continue »

Active Hope:  How to Face the Mess We’re in with Unexpected Resilience & Creative Power (online)

January 21st—April 7th

Join the Active Hope book group to explore together the work that reconnects us. Continue »

Walking the path of meditation in today’s world (in person)

with Jude Robison

February 13th—March 5th

While meditation has many proven benefits, establishing a consistent personal practice can be challenging. With simple instructions and support, we can cultivate the habit of mindfulness meditation so that it becomes part of one’s everyday life. Continue »

Learn to Meditate (In person)

March 2nd

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 3: The Three Trainings: Meditation, Wisdom and Conduct

with Jude Robison

March 16th

In this one-day program we will look closely at the Fourth Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, in terms of the three trainings: meditation, wisdom and conduct. Continue »

Journey Without Goal: Featuring Talks by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (online)

March 31st—May 12th

This seven session course features teaching videos of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche from Naropa University in the summer of 1974. Continue »