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

EcoSattva Training Group Meeting

January 23rd

This will be the third meeting of the DC Ecosattvas group participating as part of the global program offered by One Earth Sangha. All are welcome to attend. Continue »

Co-Creating Our Emerging Future - Zoom Session (1st of 2)

January 25th

You are invited to collaborate with a broad spectrum of stakeholders to generate ideas for the future of the D.C. Shambhala Center. During this time of flux, we need to envision a path for a thriving future. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

February 5th

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 »

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

with Shastri Jerry Webster

February 15th—February 16th

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 »