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

Christmas (Center is Closed)

December 25th

Out celebrating the holiday! Continue »

First Thursday Meditation Open House

with Jonathan Kirkendall

January 1st (2015)

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

Fresh Start

with Matthew Doetsch-Kidder

January 8th (2015)

Thursday Evening Open House Continue »

Joy in Everyday Life

with Ciprian Iancu

January 13th—February 10th (2015)

Where do we find joy in our lives? This course explores the meaning and sources of joy in everyday life, with practical methods for developing ongoing kindness toward ourselves and others. Open to everyone. Continue »

Community Voices

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    Radical Compassion: A Report from Naropa’s 40th Anniversary

    Imagine my surprise and delight to run into Jayne Sutton in Boulder, Colorado last month in the hallways of Naropa University. We had both come to participate in a symposium celebrating Naropa’s 40th anniversary. I was on home leave from my job in Vietnam, and Jayne was there with Rich Ann and Ariana Baetz and … 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