Welcome to the
Shambhala Meditation Community
of  Washington, DC

Training DC to meditate for over 40 years.


Shambhala has been an anchor of meditation-based training in the DC area since the 1970’s. Our core teaching is that everyone has a nature of fundamental “basic goodness”. Awakening to the basic goodness in ourselves, others, and in society itself brings a sense of genuine confidence, ethical discipline, and skillfulness to effect positive change in our world. We’re a friendly and welcoming community located in the vibrant Cleveland Park neighborhood. We offer a variety of classes, retreats, community events, and free of charge public meditation sessions. While Shambhala is rooted in Buddhism, our public offerings are open and accessible to all, regardless of religious tradition.

Take a look at our upcoming programs and events and begin your journey today!

Upcoming Programs and Events

Meditation for Daily Living: A Course for Beginners

with Ciprian Iancu

September 30th—October 21st

This introductory course will explore both the principles and techniques of mindfulness meditation in a supportive group setting, and provide everything needed to help beginners establish a strong, regular meditation practice. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

October 2nd

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

Recovering Women's Stories in Buddhism - Public Program

with Acharya Holly Gayley

October 4th—October 5th

The resilience and accomplishment of women in Buddhism can give us insight into how to use challenges and loss as fuel on the path of liberation. Through recovering their voices and experiences, we can reimagine our own approach to the spiritual journey. Continue »

Recovering Women's Stories in Buddhism - Vajrayana Circle

with Acharya Holly Gayley

October 6th

We will deepen our exploration of themes of the weekend through stories of women in terma lineages in eastern Tibet. How do we understand our own emerging lineage and current situation in relation to traditional Buddhist understandings of lineage and the Continue »

Feel Human Again: Shambhala Training Level I

with Shastri Jerry Webster

October 26th—October 27th

This urban retreat will introduce and deepen instruction on basic mindfulness meditation practice, and help new and experienced meditators alike incorporate practice into their daily lives. Continue »