Spark your heart and mind through the practice of meditation.

Shambhala Vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature can be developed in daily life so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society. Located in the vibrant Cleveland Park neighborhood, the Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington DC is part of a global community of meditation centers which aspire to awaken kindness, goodness and wisdom within society, through a variety of classes, retreats, community events, and free of charge public meditation sessions.


Shambhala Day

This day marks the beginning of the Tibetan New Year, and represents one of the most important traditions of Shambhala Buddhism. Join us on Monday, February 27 to celebrate!  Click the link for more details.  Full schedule and potluck info to be posted soon! Learn more →

Katie Baingbridge

First Thursday Learn to Meditate

Join us for our First Thursday Learn to Meditate program. This group meditation and guidance session is suitable for first-time visitors and experienced meditators including Q&A and discussion, and followed by refreshments. Learn more →

Featured Programs and Events

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Chris Montone & Nancy Green

February 21st—March 21st

What is contentment, and how can we experience it in our everyday life? Open to everyone. Continue »

Shambhala Sun Day - Opening to Change

with Chris Montone

March 5th

This public gathering is an opportunity for all members of our community - young and old, newcomers and senior practitioners - to come together for practice and conversation. Continue »

Weekly Dharma Talk & Discussion

with Gabe Dayley

March 9th

Thursday Open House: Seasoned practitioners and newcomers come together and explore what it takes to live genuinely, bravely and compassionately. Come & engage in inspiring conversations, share experiences and insights and meet new people. Continue »

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Gathering

March 13th

It is with great pleasure that we announce the beginning of monthly full moon Shambhala Sadhana gatherings as a time to practice, have food, and enjoy conversation together as a community. All members, including their families, are welcome! Continue »

Featured News and Local Blog

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    How to do Mindfulness Meditation

    “Mindfulness practice is simple and completely feasible, says Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. “Just by sitting and doing nothing, we are doing a tremendous amount.” By: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche | Originally appeared in Lion’s Roar In mindfulness meditation, or shamatha, we are trying to achieve a mind that is stable and calm. What we begin to discover is that … Continue