Welcome

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.


First Thursday Learn to Meditate

Join us for our Learn to Meditate program. This group meditation and guidance session is suitable for first-time visitors and experienced meditators including Q&A and discussion, and followed by refreshments. Learn more →

The Art of Being Human

This first weekend 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 →

Featured Programs and Events

Weekly Dharma Talk & Discussion

with Gabe Dayley

September 28th

Thursday Open House: Seasoned practitioners and newcomers come together and explore what it takes to live genuinely, bravely and compassionately. Come & engage in inspiring conversations, share experiences and insights and meet new people. Continue »

Shambhala Sun Day: Family and Lineage

with Matthew Doetsch-Kidder

October 1st

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 »

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Gathering

October 6th

It is with great pleasure that we announce the beginning of monthly full moon Shambhala Sadhana gatherings as a time to practice, have food, and enjoy conversation together as a community. All members, including their families, are welcome! Continue »

Weekly Dharma Talk & Discussion

with Denise Webster

October 12th

Thursday Open House: Seasoned practitioners and newcomers come together and explore what it takes to live genuinely, bravely and compassionately. Come & engage in inspiring conversations, share experiences and insights and meet new people. 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