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.

Open Public Sitting Hours

  • Sunday Morning Meditation & Group Discussion – Every Sunday, 10:00 AM to Noon
  • Wednesday Evening Meditation & Group Duscussion – Every Wednesday, 7:00 to 8:30 PM



Programs for Southeast States USA Region

Durham Shambhala Center

Heart Sutra Study Group

September 16th—May 18th (2020)

The radical message of the Heart Sūtra, one of Buddhism's most famous texts, is a sweeping attack on everything we hold most dear: our troubles, the world as we know it, even the teachings of the Buddha himself. Continue »

Palm Beach County Shambhala

Writing is for Everyone!

with Tunde Nemeth & Steven Ray

November 2nd—December 21st

Writing, like meditation, is a solitary act that benefits greatly from practice with others. Come join us in exploring what happens when meditation gets involved with writing. Drawing on the work of Natalie Goldberg (Writing Down the Bones), Continue »

Durham Shambhala Center

Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma: The Path of Individual Liberation

November 16th—May 30th (2020)

Introduces core Buddhist teachings on mindfulness and awareness, cultivating virtue, and cutting grasping. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Atlanta

Weekthun: The Three Yanas: the Buddhist Path to Simplicity, Joy, and Wisdom

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

December 26th—December 31st

Wintertime and the end of the year is a great time to stop, be still, and tune into your mind and life. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Winter Retreat

with Shastri Shelley Heinz

January 5th—January 11th (2020)

Start the New Year with a weeklong Winter Retreat Continue »

Asheville Shambhala Meditation Center

Basic Goodness 3 "What is Real ?"

with Charlotte Bernard

January 6th—February 10th (2020)

The third and final course of the series asks the question, “What is real?” and explores a number of views from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition with an emphasis on exploring the sacredness of nature and its elements. Continue »

Durham Shambhala Center

Shambhala Training: Level I

with Christian Gregory

January 10th—January 11th (2020)

We glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Continue »

St. Petersburg/Tampa Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Weekend Retreat Level II - Birth of the Warrior

with Shastri Will Ryken

January 11th—January 12th (2020)

This weekend builds on the foundation of the meditation practice introduced in the Level I weekend retreat by exploring how habitual ways of thinking obscure the raw brilliance of the world. Continue »

Birmingham Shambhala Center

The Art of Being Human - Shambhala Training Level I (Huntsville)

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

January 11th—January 12th (2020)

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Continue »

Durham Shambhala Center

Trauma and Healing and Shambhala

with Christian Gregory

January 12th (2020)

How can we create healing and safety for our community? Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Atlanta

Contentment in Everyday Life

January 16th—February 13th (2020)

Contentment in Everyday Life is one of the first parts of the curriculum from the Way of Shambhala, an ongoing training in meditation and how we can use Buddhist teachings to awaken to our inherent potential. Continue »

Gainesville Shambhala Meditation Group

Birth of a Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II

with Shastri Brett Ferrigan

January 17th—January 19th (2020)

Having experienced a taste of basic goodness, we want to go forward. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. We begin to appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle to experiencing basic goodness. Continue »

Nashville Shambhala Meditation Group

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level 1

with Shastri Gayle Van Gils

January 18th—January 19th (2020)

Living each moment fresh and new, renouncing warfare with self and other, feeling the strength of one’s being, the tenderness of one’s heart—these are some of the hallmarks of being human. In The Art of Being Human, we seek to touch the bedrock that lies Continue »

St. Petersburg/Tampa Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Weekend Retreat Level V: Open Sky

with Shastri Bill Brauer

February 8th—February 9th (2020)

Communicating with the world gently and fearlessly, our awareness is sharpened and we find the open clear sky of mind, which is a delightful source of wisdom and uplifted energy. We trust our nature enough to let go into the present moment. Continue »

Durham Shambhala Center

Shambhala Meditation and Study Weekend

February 8th—February 9th (2020)

Light a fire under your practice! Continue »

Birmingham Shambhala Center

Winter Retreat

February 13th—February 22nd (2020)

The annual Winter Retreat is a time of preparation for the Tibetan New Year which begins on Shambhala Day, February 24, the Year of the Iron Mouse. Continue »

St. Petersburg/Tampa Shambhala Meditation Center

The Three Marks of Existence and the Four Emblems of Dharma

with Acharya Dan Hessey

February 14th—February 16th (2020)

The Buddha taught that there are three characteristics of human existence: impermanence, egolessness, and suffering. The experience of all beings are marked by these three qualities according to Buddhist teachings. By understanding Suffering and Egolessne Continue »

Gainesville Shambhala Meditation Group

Who Am I? (Basic Goodness I)

with Shastri Bill Brauer & Ella Reznikova

February 15th—February 16th (2020)

This course asks the question, "Who am I?" and explores the sense of self.  It includes teachings on basic goodness, selflessness, the arising of ego and cocoon, buddha-nature, and the confidence of warriorship. Continue »

Gainesville Shambhala Meditation Group

Shambhala Day

February 24th—February 25th (2020)

Join us for the New Year of the iron mouse which is the first symbol in the Asian astrological cycle, and is therefore associated with newness and beginnings. The official Shambhala Day program will be on Monday, February 24 at: 10:00 a.m. Paci Continue »

Gainesville Shambhala Meditation Group

Sacred Path: Outrageous & Inscrutable

with Shastri Will Ryken

February 29th—March 1st (2020)

The dignities of outrageous and inscrutable describe how the warrior's skill develops as the cocoon completely falls away. No longer afraid of making mistakes, the unconventional and visionary perspective of outrageous (the garuda) combines with the skill Continue »

Asheville Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Day-Year of the Iron Mouse

March 1st (2020)

SHAMBHALA DAY marks the beginning of the New Year, and represents one of the most important traditions of Shambhala Buddhism. Continue »

Asheville Shambhala Meditation Center

Welcoming the Unwelcomed- A book study

with Charlotte Bernard

March 2nd—April 6th (2020)

In her first new book of spiritual teachings in over seven years, Pema Chödrön offers fresh wisdom, heartfelt reflections, and the signature humor and insight that have made her a beloved guide during turbulent times. Continue »

Durham Shambhala Center

Kado – Rigden School of Ikebana with Marcia Wang Shibata

with Artist to the Court Marcia Shibata

March 6th—March 8th (2020)

Discover and cultivate the source of creativity, and learn how to express that in flower arranging. Kado is a meditative, contemplative understanding of self, nature, space and perception. Continue »

Gainesville Shambhala Meditation Group

Milarepa Day

March 7th (2020)

Join us for a day of chanting the beautiful Rain of Wisdom text. Continue »

St. Petersburg/Tampa Shambhala Meditation Center

Weekend Retreat Level III: Warrior in the World

April 18th—April 19th (2020)

This weekend retreat requires completion of the Level II Weekend Retreat Continue »

Asheville Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Level IV: Awakened Heart

with Josephine Spilka & Alan Tilson

November 15th—November 17th (2020)

Awakened Heart is about allowing your heart and intuition to open so that you can communicate fully with the world. Continue »