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

What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality

with Chris Montone & Anthony Bouret

April 13th—May 18th

This course asks the question, "What is real?" and focuses on a study of the phenomenal world. It emphasizes core Buddhist teachings and is oriented toward experiencing the world as sacred. This program is open to everyone but preparation is recommended. Continue »

20/30s Dharma Gathering

April 17th - Date cancelled

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

Parenting as a Path & Children's Program

April 19th

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

Teen Program

April 19th

Join us for our inaugural teen program event! Continue »

Community Voices

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    Basic Goodness? Get Real.

    Have you ever had this reaction to learning about Shambhala’s foundational principle? There was a time when I certainly did. At that time in my life it just seemed preposterous to think that anyone, especially me, or anything, except maybe babies, was purely basically good. Anyone who believes that is seriously crazy! I remember thinking. … 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