Welcome to the
Shambhala Meditation Community
of  Washington, DC

Training DC to meditate for over 40 years.


In the interest of helping slow the spread of COVID-19 for the benefit of all our visitors, members teachers, and participants, all classes and events are being offered online only. 

We will revisit this decision periodically as it relates to DC Government updates and CDC recommendations/guidelines regarding re-opening of businesses and the current stay at home request. 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 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 »

Learn to Meditate--ONLINE

with Ciprian Iancu

November 4th

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 »

Fundamentals of Buddhism II

with Chris Montone

November 4th—November 25th

In his life, the Buddha offered profound and practical teachings for cultivating compassion and understand reality. In this one-day offering, we'll explore what Shakyamuni Buddha taught in the Second Turning of the Wheel of Dharma. Continue »

Training the Mind and Awakening the Heart: The Practice of Lojong ONLINE

with Jerry Webster & Anyana Banerjee

November 9th—December 21st

Lojong—which means ‘mind training’ in Tibetan—provides a potent framework for bringing kindness and compassion into daily life. These teachings are an indispensable set of tools for cultivating the awakened heart of compassion and wisdom. Continue »