Introductory Programs

Meditation is a practice anyone can do. It is based on the idea that the natural state of the mind is not scattered, nervous, and confused, but rather calm, compassionate, and clear. Practicing meditation provides a way to experience this natural state more often. At Shambhala, we begin by training in a technique called mindfulness-awareness meditation. This foundational practice allows you to tune into the present moment anytime, anywhere – at home, at work, and wherever you go in your day to day life.

We welcome anyone new to meditation to check out our ongoing introductory programs below.



Learn to Meditate

30-minute meditation instruction and introduction to Shambhala

Our drop-in Learn to Meditate class is perfect for beginners, or anyone looking to refresh their understanding of mindfulness meditation practice.

Led by a qualified instructor, this half-hour session presents the view and technique of mindfulness-awareness meditation. Each class features a guided practice session – full instructions on working with posture, breath, and thoughts, as well as an opportunity to ask questions.

$15 admission, but no one is turned away for lack of funds.



Weekly Dharma Gathering

Guided meditation, talk, discussion, and reception

Every Tuesday night at 7pm.

The Weekly Dharma Gathering is a perfect introduction to the Shambhala teachings and mindfulness meditation, as well as an opportunity to connect with other practitioners. It consists of guided group meditation practice, a talk by one of our senior teachers, discussion, and a light reception.

Bring your friends! Register in advance to guarantee seating.  $10 general admission, $5 students.



Public Sitting

By-donation, drop-in group meditation offered three times a week

Sit for as long or as a little as you want at our Public Sitting. This silent, sitting meditation is typically hosted by a volunteer timekeeper and is interspersed with brief periods of walking meditation.

Public Sitting is offered six days a week at the following times:

Weekdays 1-1:20pm

Sundays 9am-12pm

Thursdays 6pm-7pm

Fridays 6pm-7pm

If you haven’t been to Shambhala before, we encourage you to attend a Learn to Meditate session before joining a sit.



Learn to Live Mindfully

Mindfulness workshops offering practical wisdom for modern life

Wednesday nights, 6:30-8:30pm.

These mindfulness workshops center on a different topic every week, each one focused on a specific aspect of awake living. Examples of class topics: Learn to Work with Strong Emotions, Learn to Develop Confidence, Learn to Be Nice to Yourself.

Teaching material from these classes is based on the Shambhala Training curriculum, and offer a taste of what Shambhala Training has to offer.

$35 admission, or $28 for students.


Looking for more? Try out 4-week introductory training course, Meditation in Everyday Life, the first class in our Shambhala Training curriculum.