“Sangha” is the Sanskrit term for “community of practitioners” – one of the three jewels of Buddhism. This New Haven Shambhala Meditation Center is home to a wonderfully diverse community who share a genuine connection to contemplative practice and the aspiration to realize a more wakeful, sane society. Friends and members of the Shambhala Center are welcome to attend celebrations, practice events, meetings and gatherings of special interest groups.

The Shambhala Meditation Center is part of an international community of 165 meditation centers founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. The Shambhala Buddhist path, unique in the world of Western Buddhism, combines the teachings of the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism with the Shambhala view of living an uplifted life, fully engaged with the world.

Programs in Buddhist teachings, meditation and other contemplative disciplines are offered as well as free individual meditation instruction.

The New Haven Shambhala Meditation Center was established in 1975. Over the years we have lived in several locations.

In early 2007, we signed a lease to move into a 2200 square foot space on the third floor of the building we were already in. Previously it had been an office for an architecture firm. We completely gutted the place including getting rid of the (very heavy) office partitions, ripping out the carpet and then created a shrine in the new colors, dimensions and design. Every window (all 36 of them) had to be scraped, sanded an painted. The two separate rooms had to be converted to become a director’s offce and a tantra shrine room. With the help of Charles Zimmermann, we worked on weekends Habitat for Humanity style (Charles is former construction manager for Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven). People signed up to work and under Charles’ supervision and expertise, we transformed the place. The only outside help was the carpet layers who brought in the new carpet in one piece—starting out by laying it out in the parking lot and rolling it up. It was so big and long that it took nine strong men and they had to start in the street, temporarily stopping traffic.