What We Offer

Meditation is a natural state of the human mind—at rest, open, alert. The practice of meditation has been taught for over 2,500 years as a vehicle for realizing the beauty and magic of the ordinary world without aggression or manipulation.

The teachings of Shambhala Buddhism emphasize the potential for enlightenment inherent in every situation or state of mind. Through discipline, gentleness and a sense of humor, the practitioner is invited to let go of conflicting emotions and wake up on the spot.

Mindfulness/awareness meditation is the foundation of all that we do at the Shambhala Meditation Center.This ancient practice of self-discovery is rooted in the simple but revolutionary premise that every human being has the ability to cultivate the mind’s inherent stability, clarity and strength in order to be more awake and to develop the compassion and insight necessary to care for oneself and the world genuinely.

About Meditation Instruction

Meditation instruction is available to anyone, free of charge. We offer introductory instruction to newcomers on Sunday mornings, and it is done each week at the beginning of Heart of Recovery. Not just for “new” meditators, instruction is also recommended as part of our ongoing practice. If you want to discuss ongoing practice, please email [email protected], subject Meditation Instruction.

Depending on a student’s interest and experience, meditation instruction might include: 

Introducing the practice of meditation – Introductory meditation instruction presents the basic meditation techniques taught in the Shambhala community. 

Clarifying the view of meditation – In our tradition, meditation instruction involves more than the communication of a technique; it is, at heart, about the transmission of the revolutionary view that unconditional wisdom and compassion are the very ground of our being, and that by learning to relax more and more fully, we allow this fundamental nature to flower. 

Instruction on working with obstacles to meditation – Common obstacles to meditation include disheartenment, resistance, procrastination, discursiveness and spacing out. The obstacles are well documented in the Shambhala Buddhist teachings—and so are their antidotes.

Guidance on the path of practice and study – Shambhala (including Online & nearby Centers) presents many opportunities for students to deepen their practice and study—public meditation sessions, weeknight classes, weekend programs, and retreats – to name a few. A meditation instructor can help you decide what to do next and when to do it. 

Guidance on joining meditation and daily life – The workaday world is where the rubber meets the road. Getting the tools to meet life’s ups and downs with a strong and pliable mind and an open heart is another potential benefit of working with a meditation instructor.

Mindfulness meditation is the foundation of all that we do at the Shambhala Meditation Center. Originating from Shakyamuni Buddha, this 2,500-year-old practice of self-discovery is rooted in the simple, but revolutionary premise that every human being has the ability to cultivate the mind’s inherent stability, clarity, and strength in order to be more awake and compassionate in everyday life.

“The basis for your sitting practice is your inspiration; that first glimpse of basic human dignity and the courage to explore the gentleness, confidence, and sanity which all of us, as human beings, have. That glimpse is great, fantastic, like a breath of fresh air, and it is basically good. It is the experience of Shambhala vision.” Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

“Sometimes in meditation there is a gap in normal consciousness, a sudden complete openness. This only arises when one has ceased to think in terms of meditator, meditation, and the object of meditation. It is a glimpse of reality, a sudden flash which occurs at first infrequently and then gradually more and more often. It may not be a particularly shattering or explosive experience at all, just a moment of great simplicity. Do not make the mistake of deliberately trying to force these experiences to recur, for this is to betray the naturalness and spontaneity of reality.” H.H. Dilgo Khyentse, Rinpoche