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

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I is the first program in the renowned Way of Shambhala series. The program presents the view that human beings, at the core, are fundamentally awake. This intimate urban retreat provides instruction for sitting and walking meditation as a means to develop mindfulness in daily life. Learn More →

Beyond Enemies: Sacred Outlook and Social Transformation

Join us on Thursday, April 19, for a special evening talk with Acharya Fleet Maull. The talk will explore innovative approaches and skillful means for social change at the intersection of mindfulness, emotional intelligence and interpersonal neurobiology. Learn More >>

Featured Programs and Events

Joy in Everyday Life

with Beth Hook & Scott Perkins

April 17th—May 15th

How can we find a genuine source of energy and inspiration? In this class we’ll explore the meaning of joy, the discovery of inspiration, and learn practical methods for developing kindness toward ourselves and others. Open to everyone. Continue »

Weekly Dharma Talk & Discussion

with Nancy Green

April 26th

Thursday Open House: Seasoned practitioners and newcomers come together and explore what it takes to live genuinely, bravely and compassionately. Come & engage in inspiring conversations, share experiences and insights and meet new people. Continue »

Meditation in Everyday Life

April 30th—May 14th

This introductory course will explore both practical techniques and principles in a supportive, communal setting to provide you with everything you need to build a healthy, strong meditation practice. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

May 3rd

On the first Thursday of each month, receive guided instruction in the fundamentals of meditation. First-time visitors as well as anyone seeking a refresher are welcome. Continue »