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.

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

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Debra Drexler & Susan Shuffman

September 19th—October 17th

By making a deep connection to the present moment and understanding our mind through the practice of meditation, we learn to make friends with ourselves… Continue »

Harvest of Peace - 2017

September 24th

Free and open to all. Come & gather for a feast of food, practice, inspiration, & community at our annual fall event. Continue »

Level V: Open Sky

with Shastri Diana Evans

September 29th—October 1st

With our body resting on the earth, no different from the earth, and our mind resting in the sky, no different from the sky, we encounter the vastness of heaven joined with the primordial depth of earth in our own being. This state is the basis for our ac Continue »

Wisdom in Everyday Life

with Susan Ryan & Michael Kern

October 17th—November 14th

Wisdom in Everyday Life is the last class in the "Everyday Life" course series in the Way of Shambhala curriculum. Continue »

Fall Arts Night

October 28th

We will be hosting our annual Fall Arts Salon this fall on Saturday, October 28th. The event will begin with a pot luck table of hors d'oeuvres to munch followed by performances of various artists within our community. Continue »