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.


The Art of Being Human: Level I

Interested in taking an introductory program? Level I is the first program in the renowned Way of Shambhala series, and presents the view that human beings, at the core, are fundamentally awake. We are offering this program in September and October.


Spend Time with Acharya Richard John

The DC Center is happy to have Acharya Richard John visit us in September.  Join us for a talk, weekend program, event or celebration with the Acharya.  Find out what fits your schedule and register!  Click to see his full schedule of programs. Learn More →

Featured Programs and Events

First Thursday Learn to Meditate

with Anyana Banerjee

September 1st

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

Shambhala Sun Day: Being Brave

with Jayne Sutton

September 4th

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 »

Weekly Dharma Talk & Discussion

with Chelsea Allinger

September 8th

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 »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Jerry Webster & Christian Gregory

September 10th—September 11th

Using the practice of meditation, we discover basic goodness in ourselves and the world. With this foundation we can be more present, genuine, courageous and compassionate toward ourselves and our world. Open to everyone. Continue »

Featured News and Local Blog

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    Washington, DC sangha seeks Director of P&E

    On behalf of the Shambhala Office of Practice and Education, the Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, D.C. is soliciting applications for their position of Director of Practice and Education. The Practice and Education function at the Center is responsible for creating, maintaining, and overseeing the Center’s practice and study container.  This includes cultivating the ongoing … Continue