Welcome to the
Shambhala Meditation Community
of  Washington, DC

Training DC to meditate for over 40 years.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and being unable to safely hold in-person gatherings for so long, in March 2021 the Shambhala Center community decided to vacate the space it had been leasing in Cleveland Park and go virtual. While we look forward to the day when we can safely rent space and gather again in person, we invite you to check out our calendar and join us online!

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. While Shambhala is rooted in Buddhism, our public offerings are open and accessible to all, regardless of religious tradition. We are a friendly and welcoming community, offering a variety of online classes, community events, and free-of-charge public meditation sessions.

Take a look at our upcoming programs and events and begin your journey today!

Upcoming Programs and Events

Responding to Conflict with Compassion - Online Workshop & Book Club

with Judy Tso & Julie Minde

January 16th—November 19th

NEXT MEETING FEBRUARY 20! Join us on third Tuesday nights for this ongoing monthly workshop and book club, where we explore practices that bridge mindfulness, self-awareness, and managing conflict, working with excellent trained facilitators from our own Continue »

Local DC Chat Group on Zoom - Sons & Daughters of Noble Family

April 7th—October 20th

Join us for an hour of chat after watching the Sons & Daughters of Noble Family sessions presented by Karme Choling. Friends from our local DC center will gather to talk about ideas and experiences -- and perhaps inspire each other for moving forward..... Continue »

Free Introductory Talk on Meditation for Everyday Life - plus In-Person Sitting

May 4th

Join us May 4 -- in person -- for another in our free series of talks on meditation and its benefits, in a warm, supportive environment. Continue »

NEW! In-Person Sitting at Seekers Church

May 4th

Join us May 4 -- in person -- at the Seekers Church in Takoma, DC, for group meditation in a warm, supportive environment, followed by BYO brunch together in the church's dining area. Continue »

Ongoing Education For Meditation Instructors: Weekend 2

May 4th—May 5th

Join us in person or online for this second of three enriching education courses on how to give meditation instruction to others. If you’re intent on developing your meditation practice, and learning best practices, join us. Continue »