Welcome!

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

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Michael Kern & Debra Drexler

September 6th—October 4th

This five week course provides an exploration of mindfulness meditation, the foundational views of the hinayana Budddhist teachings, and meditation in action for daily life. We learn to appreciate ourselves and simple human experience. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Donna Williams

September 9th—September 11th

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Continue »