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

Buddhist Studies

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 »

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 »

Meditation and the Path of Sad-Joy (Online)

with Shastri Alexander deVaron

July 2nd—July 30th

Through taking this class you will become familiar with the liberating experience of sad-joy, both in meditation and in your daily life. 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 »

What the Buddha Taught: Meditation, Wisdom and Conduct (Online)

with Joann Herson

July 11th

Please join us to explore practice through the three categories of Shila (discipline), Samadhi (meditation) and Prajna (insight). Continue »

Exploring the Nature of Reality (online)

with Shastri Alexander deVaron & James Avery

August 8th—August 22nd

 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 »