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.


COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: Shambhala encourages all of its centers and members to practice measures of good health, sanitation and preventing further spread of the virus. Please check your local center or group’s website and e-mail communications for information on program cancellations. To read best practices for individuals and centers where group gatherings occur, please click here.


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.


News from the Board: In October 2019, the Shambhala Interim Board formally became the Shambhala Board of Directors, following their first year of work as interim leadership. To read updates from the board, please click here.


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.

Teachings Library: Explore inspiring Shambhala teachings in these films and recordings by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and other distinguished teachers.

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.