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. Learn more. →

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 →

Featured Programs

First Thursday Learn to Meditate

with Jonathan Kirkendall

March 5th

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

20/30s Dharma Gathering

March 6th

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

Conversation with Myra Woodruff, Executive Director of Karmê Chöling

March 11th

We will welcome a special guest to our March Community Conversation. Please plan to join us! Continue »

Open House

March 12th

Thursday Evening Open House Continue »

Community Voices

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    How Should a Buddhist Respond to “Merry Christmas”?

    For those of us who have formally taken refuge and changed our religious affiliation to Buddhism, the end of the year holiday season can pose some interesting challenges—one of which being, what to say in response to the myriad wishes of “Merry Christmas” that are bestowed upon us during the season. Naturally, each individual takes … 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