Ongoing Offerings

Our center offers a rich array of weekly ongoing offerings free to the public. No prior meditation experience required to attend. Most programs offer meditation instruction upon request. All are welcome.

Monday Nights:  Practice, Study and Sangha: An Informal Gathering

A Monday evening social gathering, meditation practice, and study/discussion for meditation practitioners at all levels.

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM – light snacks and social time
6:30 PM – 7:00 PM – meditation practice
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM – dharma readings and discussion

The “dharma-readings-and-discussion” provides an opportunity to make connections between the teachings and the practice of meditation in everyday life.

Dharma selections, distributed at each session, are read aloud for contemplation through collective listening. Selections are excerpted from books, for example by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and Ani Pema Chodron.

Each Monday evening provides a fresh start to reconnect with motivations and aspirations for practice and study, among the company of fellow practitioners.

Attendance is free and may include any part or all of the evening activities

Open House

First Wednesday of every month 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The Philadelphia Shambhala Center hosts an evening where newcomers can learn what the Center has to offer. The evening includes guided instruction in meditation and a short presentation. Light refreshments are served.

Sit n’ Stitch

Every Tuesday:  7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Please join us for an informal gathering for meditation practitioners at all levels and stitching at all levels!

Brief periods of sitting will be interspersed with readings from dharma art books (such as Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s True Perception) and creative time. Crafts of all kinds are encouraged, such as knitting, crochet, embroidery, quilting, etc.

Some beginning instruction available.
Come for all or part of the time and enjoy community with other practitioners!

Questions? Contact Susie Anderson at

Contemplative Dance Practice

First Sunday of the month 3:00 – 5:30 PM

$5-$10 donation is suggested per session

Contemplative Dance Practice is training for personal and group awareness of body/mind through a simple form that alternates sitting meditation with self-directed body movement in space. Participants wear comfortable clothing that allows movement, and go barefoot.

The first half hour of each CDP session is an Introduction to the practice, required for first time attendees and recommended for newer practitioners. To preserve the integrity of the practice, latecomers will not be admitted.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP to

More about CDP: Contemplative Dance Practice provides opportunities to deepen spiritual disciplines, develop awareness of inner and outer bodymind rhythms, and participate in the social and political dynamics of an ensemble system, among other things. The practice was developed by Barbara Dilleywho  has been practicing and studying meditation in the Shambhala tradition of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche for more than 30 years. Dilley also danced with both the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (1963–68) and Grand Union, a dance/theater collaboration that was to extend the definitions of the art of improvisation (1969–76). Since 1974, Dilley has taught at Naropa University in Boulder, CO, first designing the Dance/Movement Studies Program, and then serving as president (1985–93).

More about the Philadelphia practice group: Barbara Dilley initiated the Philadelphia Contemplative Dance Practice group by teaching a three-hour workshop in January 2011 at the invitation of choreographer, meditator, and writer Lisa Kraus and Jude Robison, also a dancer, longtime meditator, and student of Trungpa Rinpoche. The group has continued to meet monthly since that time, and is generally facilitated by Kraus or Robison.  Asimina Chremos facilitates RSVPs and communications.

How to Meditate

Once a month: one week night, or one weekend day.  Check our calendar listing.

This program is a thorough introduction to meditation practice. This simple and effective course introduces 2500 year-old wisdom that is fresh and applicable in today’s world.

Meditation is a way to make the mind more stable and clear. From this point of view, meditation is not purely a Buddhist practice; it’s a practice that anyone can do. It doesn’t tie in with a particular spiritual tradition. If we want to undo confusion, we’re going to have to be responsible for learning what our own mind is and how it works, no matter what beliefs we hold.

In meditation, what we’re doing is looking at our experience and at the world intelligently. The Buddha said that this is how we learn to look at any situation and understand its truth. This is what a Buddha does—and we are all capable of being Buddhas, whether or not we are Buddhists. We all have the ability to realize our naturally peaceful minds where there is no confusion. We can use the natural clarity of our mind to focus on anything we want. But first we have to tame our minds through shamatha meditation.

Contact: Adam Tecza, HTM Program Coordinator,

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Contemplative Dance Practice - 2017

January 8th—December 3rd

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People of Color Group

January 25th—December 27th

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Inclusivity Group

January 26th—November 30th

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BAGELS & DHARMA: Decorum and the Eightfold Path

with Shastri Tom Berthoff

October 29th

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Open House

November 1st

Join us for an introduction to the Philadelphia Shambhala Center and all it has to offer. This evening program includes guided meditation instruction and snacks. Continue »