Community

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, healthy and sane society.

Friends and members of the Shambhala Center are welcome to attend celebrations, practice events, meetings, and gatherings of special interest groups so that we can more fully realize the joining of Shambhala principles and practices to our everyday life. Community gatherings and groups help us support 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.

 

COMMUNITY GROUPS

Queer Dharma
Queer Dharma is an open community of meditation practitioners led by and for LGBTQI (lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, intersex) people and their friends. Join us for meditation practice followed by conversation and light refreshments.

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The Heart of Recovery
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.

Sundays, 6:30 pm | $3 suggested donation

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30s and Under/Social Meditation
The 30s and Under gathering is a fantastic opportunity to connect with other young people in the New York City area who are interested in meditation. The evening begins with meditation practice, with instruction provided for anyone coming for the first time or who would like a review. Sitting meditation is followed by Social Meditation practice, which is an embodied exploration of bringing meditative awareness into our interactions with others. The evening concludes with refreshments and time for socializing in a vibrant community atmosphere.

Please note that 30s and Under is on hiatus.

 

Race, Racism, and Racial Inequality
The purpose of these meetings is to create a safe and brave space for honest conversations about race.  Held monthly, this gathering is an open forum facilitated by the organizers with prompts for reflection, sharing, and discussion on the issues of race within our community and society.

Meets Monthly | $10 Suggested Donation (no one turned away)

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BIPOC Sitting Group
The BIPOC Sitting Group provides a space for black, indigenous, and people of color in our sangha to gather for meditation practice and provide support and resources in navigating systemic racism and other forms of structural oppression in our daily lives.

Meets Monthly | $10 Suggested Donation (no one turned away)

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Conversations on Patriarchy for Women and Non-Binary Group
The purpose of this group is to create a safe and brave space for practitioners who identify as women and non-binary to explore the construct and manifestation of patriarchy and its impact on our lives and community.

Meets Monthly | $10 Suggested Donation (no one turned away)

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Children’s Program
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.

One Sunday per month | $30 General / $20 Members

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Conversations on Aging: An Open Discussion
“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.

Bi-monthly  | $10 suggested donation

Please note that Conversations on Aging will be on hiatus while the New York Shambhala Center is in transition.

 

Journey of Fearlessness
Journey of Fearlessness is a support group for meditators working with PTSD and other related trauma conditioning. Those engaged in other mindfulness-based practices are welcome too. 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.

Please note that Journey of Fearlessness is NOT a walk-in group.

Please note that Journey of Fearlessness will be on hiatus while the New York Shambhala Center is in transition.

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The Dorje Kasung
The Dorje Kasung is an organization within Shambhala modeled on the ancient tradition of dharma protectors and drala warriors. Its members are trained in protecting the space in which practitioners are able to hear and practice the teachings. The protection extends to the teacher who presents the teachings, the teachings themselves, and the community that practices the teachings.

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The Healing Circle
The Healing Circle now meets virtually every 2nd and 4th Saturdays. View upcoming events here. 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. Please contact Jeff Rubin at [email protected] for further information.

 

Profound Treasury Book Club
The Profound Treasury Book Club meets monthly to explore “The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma.” The three volumes of this extraordinary work present a complete map of the Tibetan Buddhist path from beginning to end, as taught by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. It is based on the teachings presented at the annual three-month meditation and study retreats known as the Vajradhatu Seminaries, which he led every summer from 1973 to 1986. This remarkable material—which has never before been published—presents Trungpa Rinpoche’s teaching on the hinayana, mahayana, and vajrayana in a way that joins the traditional concepts with contemplative understanding.

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