The first and third Sunday meditation schedules have been slightly modified!  View the calendar or click here for full details.

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.


Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Gathering

The monthly full moon Shambhala Sadhana gatherings are a time to practice, have food, and enjoy conversation together as a community.  All members—including their families—are welcome! Learn more →

Katie Baingbridge

First Thursday Learn to Meditate

Join us for our First Thursday Learn to Meditate program. This group meditation and guidance session is suitable for first-time visitors and experienced meditators including Q&A and discussion, and followed by refreshments. Learn more →

Featured Programs and Events

Shambhala Sun Day: Telling the Truth

with Karen Porterfield

May 1st

This public gathering is an opportunity for all members of our community - young and old, newcomers and senior practitioners - to come together for practice and conversation. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation: Proclaiming Basic Goodness

May 6th—May 7th

Please join Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Acharya Noel McLellan in a pre-recorded program to explore and connect with our own humanity. Continue »

Weekly Dharma Talk & Discussion

with Karen Van Allen

May 12th

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 »

Parenting as a Path & Children's Program

May 15th

The Center is please to offer a Parenting as Path Study Group along with a program for children. Please join us! Continue »

Featured News and Local Blog

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    Washington, DC sangha seeks Center Director

    We are a devoted yet inquisitive, perplexed yet sharp sangha looking to work together with a playful yet focused, gentle yet strong, and magnetizing leader to bring the Vision of Shambhala to a city filled with worldwide power and leadership. (Below is a letter we would envision writing five years after we find the right … Continue