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

Buddhist Studies

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 »

Journey Without Goal Book Discussion Group (online)

February 24th—July 21st

This historic series provides a colorful, penetrating, and deeply experiential portrait of tantra and the tantric practitioner.  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 »

The Myth of Freedom - Part I (Online)

with Thomas Berthoff & Lisa Kraus

March 11th—April 1st

This course is an exploration of a Buddhist approach to life as presented in “The Myth of Freedom,” by Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. Continue »