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: [email protected]


All Programs

Online Programs

What the Buddha Taught: A Year of Studying the Core Teachings of Buddhism - Monthly Online

February 1st—January 9th (2021)

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

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

May 3rd—September 6th

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

The Places that Scare You: Book Study Group (Online)

June 17th—September 16th

It is possible to encounter our own anger, hurt, and fear in a way that allows us to soften up.  We can then extend compassion to ourselves and others, freeing us to act for the benefit of all. Continue »

Modern Buddhist Classics 2.0 Online Book Group

July 5th—December 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 »

Sunday - White Tara Practice (Online)

August 9th—September 13th

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

Exploring the Nature of Reality (online)

with Shastri Alexander deVaron & James Avery

August 15th—August 29th

 We will start by training in how to evoke  an atmosphere of relaxation, openness, clarity  and curiosity. From that ground we will explore the question, “What is real?” Continue »

Community Meeting - (Online)

August 16th

You are warmly invited to the monthly Community Meeting. Continue »

Bagels & Dharma: Back to Square One (Online)

with Jean Plough

August 23rd

If we really want to do something properly, the only genuine ground we have is square one, the present moment. What else do we have? Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana (Online)

with Thomas Berthoff

September 5th

The Shambhala Sadhana is an enriching practice that engages connection in this time of social distancing and isolation. Continue »

Maitri Bhavana Practice

September 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 »

What the Buddha Taught: The Heart Sutra (Online)

with Jean Plough & Ellen Knapp

September 12th

It is often said that emptiness is the heart of Mahayana Buddhism, and that the heart of emptiness is compassion. The Heart Sutra conveys the essence of “prajnaparamita,” or transcendent wisdom, wisdom that goes beyond our ordinary mind. Continue »

Sunday - White Tara Practice (Online)

September 13th

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

Community Meeting - (Online)

September 20th

You are warmly invited to the monthly Community Meeting. Continue »

Bagels & Dharma (Online)

September 27th

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

Shambhala Sadhana (Online)

with Thomas Berthoff

October 3rd

The Shambhala Sadhana is an enriching practice that engages connection in this time of social distancing and isolation. Continue »