Our building at 2030 Sansom remains closed to help avoid the spread of COVID-19. We are offering our 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


Sunday Morning Meditation (Online 10-10:45 am)

December 27th—March 28th

Join us for meditation in an online format. Open to everyone. Just click on the link below to join the online meeting. Continue »

Maitri Bhavana Practice

January 3rd—June 6th

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 »

Tuesdays - Public Meditation, Reading, Discussion Online 6 - 7 pm

January 5th—March 30th

Join us for public meditation practice, a short reading and group discussion offered online via Zoom. Everyone is welcome. Continue »

Zoom Movement Class

with Rebecca Narva

January 6th—May 26th

Feeling boxed in by zoom meetings? Here is a class to open up that box by giving your thinking mind a break and tapping into the playful life energy of your body with safe, easy movement and joyful upbeat music. Continue »

Sunday - White Tara Practice (Online)

January 10th—May 9th

In the face of the worldwide pandemic of COVID19, please join us for the healing practice of White Tara. Continue »

Modern Buddhist Classics 3.0 Online Book Group

February 7th—June 6th

In this online book group, we will explore books from various traditions that are shaping contemporary Buddhist thinking, particularly in the West, but which signify an evolving Buddhism around the world. Continue »

Bagels & Dharma: Do You Believe In Magic? (Online)

with Jude Robison

February 28th

Toast your bagel, pour your java, and let’s talk about magic.  Continue »

Friday Night Talk: Not-knowing is the Place Where Something Can Arise

with Acharya Arawana Hayashi

March 5th

Uncover the wisdom hidden in stuck places. Use the embodied practice of Social Presencing Theater to see limiting patterns, open mind and heart, and re-engage our inherent wisdom. Continue »

Welcoming Stuck Places with  Arawana Hayashi (Online)

with Acharya Arawana Hayashi

March 6th—March 7th

The quality of our actions is a function of the quality of our awareness. Social Presencing Theater gives us tools to bring our whole embodied experience into the change process. Please bring your stuck situation with you! Continue »

Transforming Racism from the Inside Out (Online)

March 12th—April 9th

As a reading and study group, our purpose will be to learn and grow in our awareness as we practice friendship, kindness and open curiosity. Continue »

Bagels & Dharma: Cynicism (Online)

with Thomas Berthoff

March 28th

Join us for one hour of dharma and discussion. Continue »