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.


Service as Path Workshop

Explore the view of service in general, with a focus on timekeeping, teacher service, shrine keeping, and hospitality – roles that contribute to an atmosphere of precision, gentleness, and tender-heartedness at our programs and classes. Learn More →


Harvest of Peace

Join us on October 2 for our annual Harvest of Peace celebration!  Held around the time of the autumn equinox this is an opportunity to gather, hear teachings by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and celebrate the richness of our community. Learn More →

Featured Programs and Events

Weekly Dharma Talk & Discussion

with Jayne Sutton

September 29th

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

Children's Program Volunteer Training

October 1st

What does it mean to trust in children’s basic goodness and wisdom? How do we, as adults, work with the challenges and joys of including children in our sangha? How can we support children as practitioners? Continue »

First Thursday Learn to Meditate

with Christian Gregory

October 6th

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

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Jerry Webster

October 8th—October 9th

Using the practice of meditation, we discover basic goodness in ourselves and the world. With this foundation we can be more present, genuine, courageous and compassionate toward ourselves and our world. Open to everyone. Continue »

Featured News and Local Blog

  • Pema-Chodron

    We Already Have Everything We Need

    Written by:  Pema Chödrön ~~ This is who we really are. We are one blink of an eye away from being fully awake. – Pema Chödrön We already have everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement. All these trips that we lay on ourselves – the heavy-duty feeling that we’re bad and hoping that we’re … Continue