“Sangha” is the Sanskrit term for “community of practitioners” – one of the three jewels of Buddhism. The Shambhala Meditation Center of New York 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 encourages a diverse group of individuals to explore common interests together so that we can more fully realize the joining of Shambhala principles and practices to our everyday life. Community gatherings and groups help us fulfill our role as sangha by supporting one another on our individual paths of self-discovery. All gatherings are open to the public, and no one is turned away for lack of funds.



Various Sundays, 4-6 pm | $10 suggested donation

QueerDharma is an open community of meditation practitioners led by and for LGBTQIA [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual] people. Join us monthly for meditation practice followed by discussion, light refreshments, and fun!

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Every Sunday, 6:30 pm | $2 suggested donation

A weekly sharing support group bringing together meditation practice and the Twelve Steps. Meetings are anonymous and confidential and explore the relationship of addiction and recovery to our personal path as warriors, bodhisattvas, and meditators.

For questions, contact Rick R. at or click here for more info


30s and Under

Every Wednesday, 7:15 – 9:15 pm

The 30s and Under night is a great opportunity to connect with other young people in the New York City area who are interested in meditation. The evening features meditation practice, with instruction provided for anyone coming for the first time or who would like a review. Meditation is followed by a discussion exploring an aspect of bringing mindfulness or the Shambhala Buddhist teachings into everyday life. The evening concludes with refreshments and mindful socializing.



One Sunday morning per month, 10 am – 1 pm | $7 suggested donation

 The Healing Circle is a non-denominational support group that explores how the uncomfortable, sometimes painful issues in our lives can often become our gifts on the path of awakening. It is based on the “Unconditional Healing” teachings that have been presented in a series of workshops by Jeff Rubin. We explore the real meaning of “healing” as opposed to “cure,” and we practice the view that illness or significant adversity is a profound and auspicious occasion in our lives. Through this approach, we may discover our genuine nature of wisdom and compassion in the midst of our predicament.

Meetings always include meditation practice, and may also include teachings, group discussions, and contemplation practice, as well as the opportunity to share our hopes, fears, confusion, and wisdom in a safe, confidential environment. Tea and snacks are always served.

We meet monthly on Sunday mornings from 10 am – 1 pm, dates to be announced the prior month. All who feel this group will be of benefit are welcome to attend, as well as caregivers, friends, family, and those who simply want to learn how to work more skillfully with adverse circumstances.

2015 Upcoming Dates:

April 19, 2015: 10 am – 1 pm

For more information please contact: Jeff Rubin at



First Sunday of the Month, 10:45 am – 1 pm | $10 per session
(Brown Bag Lunch from 12 – 1pm)

The Shambhala Children’s Program is based on the principles that all children embody innate goodness, curiosity, and loving-kindness. We explore Buddhist and Shambhala themes through play, music, art, and stories while incorporating simple, age appropriate mindfulness activities. Parents are invited to take part in public sitting during this time. Children 3 and older are welcome.

For more information contact: or click here.



Third Wednesday of the Month, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm | $5 – 10 suggested donation

Becoming a parent opens up new opportunities to work with emotion, time, and “off the cushion” practice. The Shambhala playgroup is an informal gathering that welcomes parents and children to visit and informally share their experiences of bringing mindfulness practice into parenting. We meet with the intention of forming community and helping each other to view parenting as practice and path, especially during periods when formal sitting practice is compromised. We envision laughter, listening, tips, tissues, favorite books, and shared stories to form the foundation of this community. Newborn babies through pre-school children are welcome to attend. Please bring one or two toys for children to share during play.

Winter 2015 Dates:
February 18th

With questions contact Erin Carney:



Next Meetings:
Monday, February 9th
Sokuzan Robert Brown will be our guest for the next meeting, with the theme

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“Conversations on Aging” include meditation, contemplation, and discussion of topics related to aging as well as death and dying. Please join us to share your concerns, experiences, and ideas.

Meetings are bi-monthly.  Our purpose is multi-faceted:

  • to learn and communicate about the many aspects of aging
  • to help identify and organize support for the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of our community as we, and our friends and family, grow older
  • to explore and share ways to view and experience our own aging from a positive and aspirational perspective, consistent with our view and path
  • to connect and exchange with other local and international groups on aging, including the mandala-wide Aging in Shambhala steering committee

For more information contact:

Andrea Sherman, PhD, serves on the Mandala – Aging in Shambhala steering committee, is a gerontologist with an extensive background in Creativity and Aging, Director of Transitional Keys/a lifecyle program, and is a graduate of the Foundations of Buddhist Contemplative Care program. She has been active in the Shambhala Center of NY since 2008.

Cynthia Spencer is a meditation instructor, teacher, and practitioner of dharma arts including calligraphy and kado. Her interest in the support of aging and dying arises from working with friends and family members. She has been part of the Shambhala community since 1979.



Every Thursday, 7-9 pm | $5 suggested donation

Journey of Fearlessness is a support group for practitioners with PTSD and other related trauma conditioning. With the decades long success of AA, it’s accepted that people who share a common problem can support and empower each other through mutual experience and understanding.

Journey of Fearlessness joins the view and practices of the dharma with ongoing developments in psychology. We engage in meditation practices and contemplations, and discuss readings and relevant topics as a path for self-empowerment and self-realization. Body-based awareness disciplines, some of which we share and practice, are encouraged.

Please note that Journey of Fearlessness is NOT a walk-in group. If you are interested or have further questions, please email Gabriel at to arrange for an initial conversation, in confidence, to determine if you and the group are appropriate for each other.


To learn more about becoming a member, please visit our Membership page.