Welcome

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.


Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Gathering

The monthly full moon Shambhala Sadhana gatherings are a time to practice, have food, and enjoy conversation together as a community.  All members—including their families—are welcome! Learn more →

First Thursday Learn to Meditate

Join us for our First Thursday Learn to Meditate program. This group meditation and guidance session is suitable for first-time visitors and experienced meditators including Q&A and discussion, and followed by refreshments. Learn more →

Featured Programs and Events

Weekly Dharma Talk & Discussion

with Karen Van Allen

May 25th

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 »

Shambhala Sun Day

June 4th

This public gathering is an opportunity for all members of our community - young and old, newcomers and senior practitioners - to come together for practice and conversation. Continue »

Weekly Dharma Talk & Discussion

with Scott Perkins

June 8th

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 »

Weekly Dharma Talk & Discussion

with Sharon Doetsch-Kidder

June 15th

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 »

Featured News and Local Blog

  • Shambhalians Manifest at the Peoples Climate March

    by Mark Rasmuson and Gabe Dayley “A sacred activist is someone who knows that the world’s profound crisis is challenging everyone to act from our deepest compassion and wisdom, and who is committed to ‘being’, in the face of growing chaos, suffering, and violence. In Shambhala terminology we call this the way of warriorship.” – … Continue