SHAMBHALA takes its name from a legendary kingdom famous for being an enlightened society. Today, the global Shambhala network brings together people of all ages and from all walks of life who are interested in exploring our own minds, transforming our experience, and awakening our potential for enlightened society.

Shambhala is based on trust in human dignity. We offer a path of meditation practice and contemplative arts oriented towards modern life. Our communities around the world cultivate kindness, bravery, and genuine dialogue.  Our vision is to inspire compassionate, sustainable, and just human societies.


Shambhala Day 2022

SHAMBHALA DAY marks the beginning of the New Year, and represents one of the most important traditions of Shambhala Buddhism. The theme of the 2022 event is CELEBRATING BEAUTY. In Shambhala, connecting with the five senses is an important tool for developing greater appreciation for the world around us. This year’s broadcast will also incorporate various Contemplative Arts practices that will inspire and uplift, helping us to create more softness and curiosity in our daily life and move beyond limiting beliefs or patterns.

Click here to learn more and register.


New to Meditation? Start Here

Free Weekly Shambhala Sunday Gatherings

Introductory Programming

If you would like personal meditation instruction, or if you have tried meditation a few times and would like further support, it may be helpful to speak to someone who is trained as a Shambhala Meditation Instructor. Click here to find out more.

You can become a member of Shambhala Global or a local Centre or Group near you and access many Shambhala resources. Click here to find out more.


“Second Sunday” Maitri Bhavana – Every Month At Shambhala Sunday Gatherings

You are invited to join the global Shambhala community as we come together to practice for the wellbeing of others the second Sunday of each month. Maitri Bhavana is a practice that is done for the benefit of the seriously ill, or for major global turmoil and disasters. Please visit the Shambhala Sunday Gatherings homepage for more information and to register.
If you would like to add the name of someone who is seriously ill to the maitri bhavana list so people can do practice for their wellbeing, please click here. You can also add the name of a current world event where there is turmoil, strife, and disaster and we will practice for those affected.


Recent News & Updates:

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: Please check your local center or group’s website and e-mail communications for information on program cancellations in our centers worldwide. Shambhala encourages all of its centers and members to practice measures of good health, sanitation and prevent further spread of the virus.

News from the Shambhala Board: To read updates from the Shambhala Board of Directors, please click here.

Community Care & Conduct:

Care and Conduct: Shambhala is committed to creating safe environments for all members and program participants at our city and retreat centers.  In March 2018, leadership announced new initiatives to address harm and misconduct. To read about our ongoing work in the area of Care and Conduct, please click here.

Code of Conduct Hub Site: On August 4, 2020 the new Shambhala Code of Conduct was released to the community and will become effective in February 2021.  The Code of Conduct Hub website is now live. This resource makes available all the new policies and procedures, as well as supportive information, training and education materials, recordings of past webinars, and more.
 The site will continue to be updated as more resources become available. Click here to access the Code of Conduct Hub website.


Shambhala Teachings

Find a Program: Use this interactive search function to help you find a program near you, ranging from open houses to advanced teachings.

Shambhala Online: Join live, interactive talks and teachings with senior teachers from the worldwide Shambhala community.


Shambhala Scene

Shambhala Times: Read Shambhala’s community magazine for news and views, including the arts, families, celebrations, social commentaries and more.

Kalapa Media: Find Shambhala vision, teachings, and culture in books, recordings, films, and many more Shambhala items available for sale online.


Shambhala World

Shambhala is a global community. There are thousands of members and friends of Shambhala worldwide, on all continents. We have online communities and more than 200 Shambhala centres and groups, as well as individual members located in major cities, towns and in rural settings in over 50 different countries. Find a centre or group near you on our Shambhala world map.