Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice

The DC Shambhala Meditation Center has been following news of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and we care about the well-being of our community. Our hearts go out to those who have been affected by the coronavirus at home and abroad. This is a very trying time for all of us, and we need to proceed with caution but stay open to every new change in the situation. 

First, for the very best information and advice, we ask that you go to reputable sites, such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO), to get information about taking precautions.  Here are links to their websites: 

In light of the situation, at our Center we have placed hand sanitizers in the various common rooms for as long as our supply lasts. (As you may be aware, finding additional sanitizer is currently difficult because of the high demand — if you have any to donate, please feel free to drop a bottle off at the Center.) Upon entering the Center we ask that everyone either wash their hands as instructed by posters you will see in the restrooms, or make use of the hand sanitizer dispensers we’ve put out.

We also ask that everyone adopt the behavior of bowing (or fist or elbow bumping, etc.) as a way to greet one another. There will also be signs posted with information about the coronavirus and other preventive measures you can take to protect one another.

Our Center is currently continuing to offer classes as scheduled; however, we will continue to monitor and reassess the situation as it unfolds. The DC Center’s Administration Team and Teachers’ Circle are looking into alternate ways to offer the teachings, especially online classes and meetings (and some have already been announced).

Please check this page periodically for updated information.

Lastly, please take care of yourselves and others – be kind and gentle. 

From the Bodhicaryavatara of Shantideva, v. 8.91:

The hand and other limbs are many and distinct, 

But all are one – one body to be kept and guarded. 

Likewise, different beings in their joys and sorrows, 

Are, like me, all one in wanting happiness.