Welcome to Shambhala!

Spark your heart and mind through meditation

BuddhafestThe Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington DC is part of a global community of meditation centers dedicated to the principle of basic goodness. Our programs give you the chance to make friends with yourself. View our program calendar →

Where do I start?

childrens-prg-200x200Our introductory programs are a wonderful introduction to meditation and the Shambala tradition. We offer Learn to Meditate workshops, free of charge open public sitting meditation sessions, dharma talks and discussion groups. We hope to see you at the Center soon. Learn more. →

Upcoming Programs

Taking Refuge: The Three Jewels

with Antonio Aguilar

August 17th—August 31st

This course explores what it means to take refuge in the three jewels and formally become a Buddhist. Open to everyone. Continue »

First Thursday Learn to Meditate

with Jonathan Kirkendall

September 3rd

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

20/30s Dharma Gathering

September 4th

Join us for our weekly 20/30s Dharma Gathering! Continue »

The Magic of Conflict

with Sharon Doetsch-Kidder

September 6th

Join us for Shambhala Sun Day! Continue »

Special Event: Can Meditation Make a Difference in the World?

with Acharya Richard John

September 10th

This event supersedes regularly scheduled Open House sitting and meditation instruction for this week only. Continue »

Recent Blog Posts

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    Buddha Fest 2015: One Practitioner’s Take

    For the last 3 years living here in Vietnam, I have eagerly anticipated the annual offerings from Buddhafest, a 4-day splurge of Buddhist films, speakers, and music held in Washington in the early summer. For a few extra dollars, as a subscriber to Tricycle magazine, I’ve been able to access many of the festival talks … Continue 

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    A Silent Passage of Time

    “If we open our eyes, if we open our minds, if we open our hearts, we will find that this world is a magical place.”  Choygam Trungpa Rinpoche Third Monday of the month. 7:00 pm. The reception room is buzzing with new students. I bow and quietly close the door. The fragrance of garbage wafts … Continue