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

Meditation for Daily Living: A Course for Beginners

with Ciprian Iancu

September 30th—October 21st

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 »

Feel Human Again: Shambhala Training Level I

with Shastri Jerry Webster & Linda Montone

October 26th—October 27th

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 »

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

November 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 »

Maitri: The Five Wisdom Energies

with Jonathan Kirkendall & Scott Perkins

November 8th—November 10th

This program will explore Vajrayana teachings on how to transform neurosis into wisdom. With friendliness and curiosity, we will explore our habitual styles and learn to experience the freshness of relating directly with perceptions and our world. Continue »