Become a Member

When the time is right, becoming a member of Nashville Shambhala is an expression of your commitment to the path of awakening. Membership is participation in a community of those who practice meditation, mindfulness, awareness, and compassion with the goal of creating an enlightened society.

The trees, water, air, birds, and so on can all be members of our sangha. A beautiful walking path may be part of our sangha. A good cushion can be also.
– Thich Nhat Hanh

Become a Member

Clicking the button above takes you to our membership page on

Your membership involves three areas of engagement and support:

Practicing meditation

Making a connection to mindfulness-awareness meditation or related contemplative practice and integrating this practice into daily life is considered the best way for members to support Shambhala and benefit the world and ourselves.


All of the work of our group and much of the work of the Shambhala global community is done by volunteers. Giving our time and talents to the work of the community is a vital form of support and viewed as part of members’ practice.

Providing financial support

We rely on monthly membership dues to pay our basic operating expenses, and view financial giving as part of our practice as well. We do not have fixed levels for membership dues.  All prospective members are encouraged to select a monthly payment that is affordable for them.  For some, this amount may be $5 per month, for others it may be $100 per month or more.  Members are welcome to give more or less than these amounts as they feel inspired.

Becoming a Member

Click here to become a member of the Nashville Shambhala Meditation Group.  You may also contact Michelle Dodrill, our Membership Coordinator, at [email protected]

Why does membership matter?

Although membership is not required to participate in much of what the Center has to offer, without our community’s financial and volunteer support, we would not be able to offer all the wonderful programs, practice sessions, and events that we do.  It is because of our members that the profound tradition of meditation is able to survive and flourish. Payment of membership dues is the financial backbone of our Shambhala Center.

What are the benefits of membership?

Connection with our community by becoming a member helps support your practice and strengthen your understanding of Shambhala Buddhism in many ways:

  • Members can receive ongoing meditation instruction with a personal meditation instructor
  • Members are invited to community events, programs, and classes, and receive discounts for some programs
  • Membership pin
  • Automatic membership in Shambhala’s world-wide network
  • Access to member resources at