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Note: Queer Dharma is now meeting every Sunday evening at 7:30 PM.

The Shambhala Meditation Center in New Haven is part of an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Our center offers ongoing training in meditation and study of Buddhist and Shambhala teachings, as well as training in advanced contemplative practices. We invite you to explore our diverse programs designed to help people of all traditions discover their inherent sanity, gentleness and humor.

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As part of Shambhala International, the Shambhala Meditation Center in New Haven offers practice and study in the lineage of Shambhala Buddhism, unique in the world of Western Buddhism. This lineage combines the teachings of the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism and the Shambhala view of living an uplifted life, fully engaged with the world.

Our center offers a rich array of weekly ongoing offerings free to the public. No prior meditation experience required to attend. Most programs offer meditation instruction upon request. All are welcome. Visit our monthly calendar for a full listing of programs.

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Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Learn about our vision, lineage & community. More →

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Ongoing Offerings

Our centre offers a rich array of ongoing offerings free to the public including weekly public sitting meditation hours and dharma talks. No prior meditation experience required to attend.  All are welcome. More →

Featured Programs

The Six Paramitas

with Michael Kern & Ravenna Michalsen

June 28th—August 2nd - Date postponed or cancelled

"a bodhisattva is simply a person who lives in the spirit of that vow, perfecting the qualities known as the six paramitas—generosity, discipline, patience, exertion, meditation, and transcendental knowledge—in his effort to liberate beings. -- Chög Continue »

Open Sky -- the Fifth Level in the Way of Shambhala

with Michael Stephens

July 8th—July 10th

The culmination of the Shambhala Training Levels, Level V teaches us to continue to sharpen our awareness, allowing us to find the open, clear sky of mind which is a source of wisdom and uplifted energy. Continue »

Being Brave

with Michael Kern & Jill Sarkady

July 16th—July 23rd

The Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, and Ani Pema Chödrön led a "Being Brave: Is Enlightened Society Possible?" meditation retreat in Richmond, California on the weekend of May 2 to 4th, 2014. We will listen, discuss and meditate together. Continue »