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

Open Enrollment

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 »

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 »

Sunday Sitting Meditation (In person)

April 14th—July 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 »

 Improv & Meditation (in person)

April 17th—May 1st

How can the two practices of meditation and improvisation enrich each other? Continue »

What the Buddha Taught Class 4: Buddhist Psychology, the Five Skandhas

with Elaine Yuen

April 20th

In this class we will study the Five Skandhas as they are traditionally taught, as well as explore their meaning through experiential exercises.   Continue »

Learn to Meditate (In person)

May 4th

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 5: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

with Elaine Yuen

May 18th

In this class, we will deepen this understanding of mindfulness through an examination of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness Continue »

Speaking your truth despite the obstacles: a poetry and prose workshop (online)

with Jeffrey Lee

May 18th—July 13th

This creative writing workshop’s intent is to enable participants to overcome the many ways that one can avoid saying what really matters and what is the most meaningful to oneself. Continue »

What the Buddha Taught Class 8: Emptiness and the Heart Sutra

with Jean Plough & Marilia Marien

August 17th

What the Buddha Taught Class 11: Lojong

with Marilia Marien & Mark Jacobson

November 16th