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.


New to the Center or meditation?

Take our Learn to Meditate workshop, offered the first Thursday of each month, or if you’re ready to jump in, come to the Center at 7 pm on any Thursday. You can get a short introduction to meditation, sit with the group, then stay for the free talk and discussion group. Meditation instruction is also offered on other days, and during other programs. More →

Featured Programs

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Scott Perkins

April 14th—May 12th

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

The Sacredness of the Ordinary

with Jayne Sutton

April 17th

Thursday Evening Open House Continue »


with Anthony Bouret

April 24th

First Thursday Meditation Open House

with Jonathan Kirkendall

May 1st

First Thursday of each month Learn to meditate, or refresh and deepen your practice. Continue »

Community Voices

  • Icy Steps

    Melting Our Habits

    During one of our recent and bitterly cold Thursday nights, I rounded the corner by the Subway to discover what could only be a called a monolithic icefield (by an original southerner’s standards) at the base of the stairs by the Center. Since it was our open house night, this was soon to be a … Continue 

This actually is the embassy of Shambhala at the center of the government of the United States…. Is there actually a Shambhala Center which represents Shambhala anywhere in the world that has a greater responsibility in terms of its manifestation and its representation of these values in terms of world events?  I’d like to say no, there isn’t.

President Richard Reoch
address to the D.C. Shambhala community, April 2006