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 from March 15th to April 15th are being postponed or offered online only. Please check our online calendar as well as your e-mail for updates on previously-scheduled events.

We will revisit this decision in mid-April and provide further updates then. In the meantime, we are excited to be working on developing new online programming approaches to serve the DC community now and in the future.


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

How to Truly be of Service: The Practice of the Six Transcendent Actions (Paramitas)-ONLINE CLASS

with Chris Montone

March 23rd—April 27th

In this six-week course, through readings, contemplations, and discussions, we will explore together the phenomenon of bodhicitta and the selfless path of the paramitas. (This class will be taught ONLINE only.) Continue »

Learn to Meditate--ONLINE

with Chris Montone

April 1st

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 »

Parinirvana Day Sadhana of Mahamudra Practice - ONLINE

April 4th

On the anniversary of the parinirvana of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the community is invited to an online gathering and practice of the Sadhana of Mahamudra. Continue »

Meditation for Daily Living: A Course for Beginners

with Ciprian Iancu

May 5th—May 26th

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--ONLINE

with Ciprian Iancu

May 6th

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 »