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

Making Friends With Yourself: Pema Chödrön Video Seminar

with Jayne Sutton

October 29th—December 10th

In this introductory video seminar, blending traditional Buddhist teachings with real-life stories, and deep insight into modern life, Pema shows how we can transcend the negative patterns and attachments that are at the root of our suffering. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

December 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 »

Winter Solstice Celebration (Family & Children's Day)

December 8th

At the Winter Solstice, we celebrate Children's Day to honor our families and children and to bring warmth, light and cheerfulness into the dark time of the year. The entire community is invited, and encouraged to participate in this celebration. Continue »

Social Presencing Theater

with Acharya Arawana Hayashi

December 14th—December 15th

Social Presencing Theater is a series of practices developed under the leadership of Arawana Hayashi for the Presencing Institute. An art form based on mindfulness and awareness, it explores the creative potential of individuals and of groups. Continue »