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

Heart of Recovery (On Zoom)

September 21st—March 28th

A weekly gathering on Thursday evenings at 7:00, bringing together Buddhist meditation practice and recovery, sharing our experience, strength, and courage. Free and open to all. Continue »

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 »

Free Introductory Talk on Meditation for Everyday Life

March 6th

Join us for a free series of talks on meditation and its benefits, in a warm, supportive environment. This month's talk is on compassion and the importance of creating a meditation practice to awaken our heart. Continue »

Engaging with Life, Death, and Loss

March 18th

An ongoing monthly working group to help each other prepare for death. Newcomers are welcome. Our monthly meetings include meditation, discussion, and contemplation, drawing on our Buddhist teachings. Continue »

Ongoing Offerings

There are no programs at this time