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.

The Art of Being Human: Level I

The Art of Being Human is the first program in the renowned Way of Shambhala series. The program presents the view that human beings, at the core, are fundamentally awake. This intimate urban retreat provides instruction for sitting and walking meditation as a means to develop mindfulness in daily life. Learn More →

Illuminating Basic Goodness

Join us for the upcoming weekly evening program, Illuminating Basic Goodness: Exploring Identity and Belonging, which explores classic Buddhist teachings on ego, alongside contemporary contemplations of social identities and their relationship to systemic injustice in our society. Learn More →

Featured Programs and Events

Parenting as a Path & Children's Program

January 21st

The Center is please to offer a Parenting as Path Study Group along with a program for children. Please join us! Continue »

Learn to Meditate

February 1st

On the first Thursday of each month, receive guided instruction in the fundamentals of meditation. First-time visitors as well as anyone seeking a refresher are welcome. Continue »

Shambhala Sun Day

February 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 »

Dön Season Practice

February 5th—February 14th

We gather to practice together as we end the Year of the Fire Monkey and all the global and personal obstacles that have accompanied it. 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