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.

Awakening Community Connection Campaign

SheepThe year of the Wood Sheep ushers in a time of peace, stability, nurturing, community, relationship, co-creativity, and spirituality. Our 2015 Awakening Community Connection Campaign seeks to foster this gentle energy and lift up aspirations within our sangha and across the DC Capital region throughout the year. Learn More →


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. Learn more. →

Featured Programs

Not Being Afraid of Who You Are

with Anyana Banerjee

July 30th

Please join us for our recurring Thursday Evening Open House, a community night of talks and discussions led by members of our Shambhala community. Continue »

20/30s Dharma Gathering

July 31st

Join us for our weekly 20/30s Dharma Gathering! Continue »

Shambhala Sun Day

with Ciprian Iancu

August 2nd

Join us for Shambhala Sun Day! Continue »

The Bodhisattva Path

with Jonathan Kirkendall

August 3rd—August 31st

This course explores the view and practice of the Mayhayana path of rousing awakened heart and engaging in bodhisattva practices for the benefit of all sentient beings. Continue »

Ongoing Offerings


July 30th


August 2nd

Stroke Practice

August 2nd


August 3rd

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


Community Voices

  • A Silent Passage of Time

    “If we open our eyes, if we open our minds, if we open our hearts, we will find that this world is a magical place.”  Choygam Trungpa Rinpoche Third Monday of the month. 7:00 pm. The reception room is buzzing with new students. I bow and quietly close the door. The fragrance of garbage wafts … Continue