What Shambhala Is
We are a global community of meditators who believe that human beings are basically good.
Shambhala brings together people from all walks of life to learn to be kind to ourselves and others. We are committed to creating a society that brings out the best in each of us.
We recognize and believe that every human being has a fundamental nature of goodness. This nature can be brought into daily life so that it radiates out to family, friends, community, and society, and from this, we can work together to create compassionate, sustainable, and just human societies. We call this “creating enlightened society.”
Find Shambhala Near You
Shambhala has more than 150 Centres and Groups, many retreat centres, various online communities, and thousands of individual members and friends of Shambhala, in cities, towns, and rural settings in over 30 different countries.
In addition to meditation, study, and contemplative practices, Shambhala Centres and Groups offer teachings in the arts, and host a range of cultural and social activities that cultivate wakefulness and creativity. Across diverse cultures and expressions, the heart of Shambhala is universal.
Practice With Us
Second Sunday Maitri Bhavana
We invite you to join the global Shambhala community as we come together to practice for the well-being of others on 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 practice for their well-being, 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.
Upcoming Online Courses
First Tuesday Open House: Learn to Meditate
Yeshe Tsogyal and the Feminine Principle
Buddhism, Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy, and the Spiritual Path
Waking Up in Free-Fall: Bringing The Buddhist Practices of a Bodhisattva to the Bardos of Everyday Life.
Reconnecting to the Earth and The Path of Tonglen
The Power to Engage: The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva - Part II
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche: The Tibetan Buddhist Path - Part II
Harm and Community Care
Promoting Community Care in Shambhala
The past years have illuminated deep challenges within the Shambhala community. Please learn more about our communal efforts to address harm and the roots of harm in Shambhala.
Latest Shambhala News
Exploring Miksang Contemplative Photography: Interview with John McQuade
Best Meditation Books for Beginners: 9 Classics to Get You Started
Finding Riverlogic in Conflict and Communication: Interview with Denise Blanc, MA
Meditation for Self-Love: Teachings and Guided Meditation Script
Online Meditation Courses: How to Find the Best Online Meditation Course for You
Image Credits: Barbara Batt, Corey Ruffner, Dechen Chöling, Karmê Chöling.