Welcome to the
Shambhala Meditation Community
of  Washington, DC

Training DC to meditate for over 40 years.


In the interest of helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 for the benefit of all our visitors, members teachers, and participants, all classes and events that were scheduled to meet at the DC Shambhala Center have either been postponed or will now be offered online only. Please check our online calendar as well as your e-mail for updates on previously-scheduled events.

With the recent and ever evolving pandemic situation, we will be revisiting this decision at the end of May/early June as it relates to DC Government updates and CDC recommendations/guidelines regarding re-opening of businesses and the current stay at home request. The Admin team will provide further updates to the Community. Meanwhile, we  will continue to offer on-line programming to serve the DC community and the community at large. Thank you for your support and patience.


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

White Tara Monthly Practice - Lung, Practice, and Discussion

with Shastri Jerry Webster

August 5th—December 2nd

White Tara meditation practice is said to grant health, patience, peacefulness, longevity, and courage - a practice well fitted for this time of the pandemic. Continue »

The Four Immeasurables: Cracking Open the Heart of the Buddhist Way - ONLINE

with Shastri Jerry Webster

August 10th—August 31st

In addition to a study of these two books - Pema Chodron’s "The Places That Scare You" and Thich Nhat Hahn’s "At Home in the World" - this course will provide both a conceptual and experiential framework to allow us to move forward in understanding and im Continue »

Learn to Meditate--ONLINE

with Ciprian Iancu

September 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 »

Meditation for Daily Living: A Course for Beginners

with Ciprian Iancu

September 15th—October 6th

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 »

Intro Program: The Art of Being Human - Shambhala Training Level I

with Shastri Jerry Webster & Jayne Sutton

October 10th—October 11th

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 »