Welcome!

Special announcement: Sunday morning meditation for February 18 is cancelled due to inclement weather.

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.

SMCNH Shrine Room

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.

New to Shambhala?

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 →

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 Path of Individual Liberation: The Hinayana Teachings of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche

with Frank Ryan, Susan Ryan, Michael Kern

February 27th—April 17th

The Path of Individual Liberation course now being offered at the New Haven Shambhala Center is based on the teachings of Venerable Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. These teachings were presented in a series of three-month meditation and study retreats called V Continue »

Level II: The Birth of the Warrior

with Michael Stevens

March 2nd—March 4th

Having experienced a taste of basic goodness in Level I, we want to learn more. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask underlying fear. We begin to appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle to experiencing Continue »

Protector Principle: the Path of the Dorje Kasung in Shambhala

with Toby Sifton

March 18th

Dorje Kasung is a service tradition in Shambhala focusing on creating a container for Shambhala teachings and society to manifest. This is an introduction to the Kasung path. Continue »