The Shambhala Meditation Center of New York City is a non-profit organization that relies on the generosity of its members to sustain its day-to-day operations.  The experience of being a member is enormously rewarding and allows you the opportunity to make a greater connection with your local center, the teachings, and the larger Shambhala community.

Become A Member of the NY Shambhala Center

What does membership mean?

Members help to create the vitality of life at the Center.

Members engage regularly in meditation and contemplative practice and strive to integrate their practice into everyday life. Regular practice is the best way for all of us to support our Shambhala community, our world, and ourselves. Members are also encouraged to volunteer when possible.

By paying monthly dues, members help to pay basic operating expenses such as rent, utilities, and staff.  The financial support of our members is also key to our being able to offer a Generosity Policy, which ensures that programs are financially accessible to all. On top of their monthly dues contributions, many members offer additional donations to various fundraising efforts throughout the year.


  • 20% discount on programs and 15% discount at the Center bookstore

  • 10% discount at Sky Lake Lodge, our rural retreat center

  • Membership in Shambhala International and access to the Shambhala Network (including message boards, community news, and other international Shambhala resources)

  • Access to the Center’s lending library of books and access to the Center’s audio library of talks by renowned teachers, including Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

  • Personal access to meditation spaces at the Shambhala Center during regular office hours
  • Invitations to special member events, community and neighborhood gatherings

  • The opportunity to meet one on one with a personal instructor

  • Recognition on our center’s donor wall

Membership Levels:

Membership dues are offered as recurring monthly donations.

$20 or more per month
$240 or more annually

This is the minimum membership level and entitles you to all the basic benefits of membership listed above.

$50 or more per month
$600 or more annually

Individual-level members receive all benefits of the Basic level, plus:

  • Membership pin
  • Mailed copy of our annual program brochure
  • Access to the Shambhala New York Members Audio Library, which contains previously unreleased recordings of talks by Shambhala teachers and is refreshed monthly.

$75 or more per month
$900 or more annually

All benefits of the Individual level for two adults, plus children under 18. All levels beyond dual include two adults.

$125 or more per month
$1500 or more annually

Supporter-level members receive all benefits of the Dual level, plus:

  • Mailed copy of the Shambhala New York Annual Report
  • Annual member gift
  • Two (2) invitations to our annual Golden Key dinner
  • Two (2) complimentary Learn to Live Mindfully class passes
  • Opportunity to receive transmission for The Jewel, a generosity practice composed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.


$250 or more per month
$3000 or more annually

Patron-level members receive all benefits of the Supporter level, plus:

  • Two (2) tickets to the annual Shambhala Ball


$500 or more per month
$6000 or more annually

Patron-level members receive all benefits of the Supporter level, plus:

  • Four (4) tickets to the annual Shambhala Ball
  • Invitations to special events with the Governing Council of Shambhala New York and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche


Become a Member Today

You are warmly invited to become one of the over 480 members who make the Shambhala Meditation Center a precious jewel in the heart of New York City!

Become A Member of the NY Shambhala Center

For further information please contact Katherine Lieberson, Development & Membership Director by phone, 212-675-6544 or email.


Please note:
When you join today we will process your membership contribution today as well. After that, you will be charged on the first of every month.

Dues are processed on a monthly basis.  Should you require a different arrangement, please contact Meral Jones, Membership Associate by phone, 212-675-6544 or email.

Donations to the Shambhala Center are tax deductible under IRS section 170 (f)(8). Membership dues are also tax deductible donations minus any benefit that you receive in the form of program discounts.

While it is important that membership support be provided on a sustained and ongoing basis, you may adjust your monthly contribution at any time, should your circumstances change.