Get Involved

 “The more we help others, the softer and more fertile our heart becomes.” -Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche


Membership is a way to express appreciation for what Shambhala provides and help make it available to others. Although membership is not required to participate in much of what the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York has to offer, without our community’s financial and volunteer support, we would not be able to offer all the wonderful programs, practice sessions, and events that we do.  Thanks to our members, the profound tradition of meditation is able to survive and flourish. Payment of membership dues is the financial backbone of our Shambhala Center. Learn more about membership


Staffing a program is a fantastic way to get involved with the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York and to deepen your meditation practice. Staff will be able to participate in these programs free of charge in exchange for volunteering and in many cases, receive program credit towards future programs and classes.

There are also opportunities to work in the office as an occasional support or an ongoing basis. We invite you to give back in whatever way you feel inspired to support your practice of generosity. Learn more about volunteering


The Shambhala Center of New York remains open because of the ongoing generosity of our members, program participants and donors. Our community has a fundamental commitment to the Mahayana path of benefiting all sentient beings. This frames the way that we think about all of our sources of revenue. Every dollar goes towards creating mediation programs, developing outreach opportunities, expanding into the city and making it possible for more people to sit on a cushion and become familiar with their hearts and minds.

General donations fund our yearly operating budget which include building expenses (rent, insurance, utilities, maintenance, etc.), office expenses, shrine and practice expenses and payroll for our full-time and part-time employees. Learn more about giving