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.

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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

Shambhala City Weekthun

with Shastri Jerry Webster

October 27th—November 2nd

Open to all! Join us for all or part of this week-long practice intensive. This is a wonderful opportunity to deepen one's meditation practice without going far from home. Continue »

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Christian Gregory & Chris Montone

November 3rd—December 1st

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

First Thursday Meditation Open House

with Jonathan Kirkendall

November 6th

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

The Buddha Walks Into the Office

with Lodro Rinzler

November 11th

Talk and Book Signing with Lodro Rinzler Continue »

Community Voices

  • Kathie Paul blog 4

    Remembering a Precious One

    My husband and I often refer to members of the original Washington, D.C., sangha as “POs” or Precious Ones. This is not just because they were special in their own right, but because they received their initial meditation instruction directly from the Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. We recently lost a Precious One, Kathie Wykowski Paul, … 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