Welcome to Shambhala!


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Where do I start?

Our 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 →

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Year of the Fire Monkey

Help the DC Shambhala Center kick off the 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey Fundraiser—The DC Center relies on the generosity of its members and friends to provide an uplifted space in which to offer teachings, practice meditation, and gather in community—And you can help! Learn more →

Featured Programs and Events

Weekly Dharma Talk & Discussion

February 11th

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 »

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Karen Porterfield & Beth Hook

February 16th—March 15th

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

Weekly Dharma Talk & Discussion

with Sharon Doetsch-Kidder

February 18th

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 »

Milarepa Day

February 20th

This is an annual commemoration of the life and enlightenment of Milarepa. Continue »

Recent Blog Post

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    The Magic of Conflict

    A student asked, “Why do I need to practice? I have a good life. I have a good job, a happy marriage, a wonderful wife and kids, a great car and nice house. I’m happy!” The teacher responded, “If you lose your job, your car gets totaled, your wife leaves you, your kids hate you, … Continue