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

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Scott Perkins & Jonathan Kirkendall

September 22nd—October 6th

With simple instructions and support, mindfulness meditation practice can become part of our lives, bringing greater stability, strength, and clarity. Continue »

Bodhisattva Vows

with Acharya Richard John

September 23rd

Having taken the Refuge Vow, the Bodhisattva Vow is a further commitment to work wholeheartedly for the benefit of others. Continue »

Refuge Vows

with Acharya Richard John

September 23rd

The refuge vow marks the decision to commit oneself wholeheartedly to the Buddhist path and to further one's practice and training. Continue »

Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows Reception

September 23rd

Join us for a reception in celebration of the Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows! 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