Get Involved at Shambhala NYC

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


Upcoming Opportunities To Get Involved

  • Come join us Tuesday nights around 6:30pm to help coordinate the virtual Dharma Gathering. If you are interested in coordinating, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Bobby Hughes, to find out more information.


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Volunteering and Staffing Programs

Shambhala NYC is continually powered by the efforts of so many who share in the tasks and responsibilities of sustaining it. Getting involved provides a powerful opportunity to practice leadership, support the teachings and fellow practitioners, and deepen one’s connection to the community.

There are multiple ways to contribute! Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Bobby Hughes, to find out how you can get involved.

Work/Study Credit

The Work/Study Credit program provides an opportunity to earn credit to take programs at SMCNY by volunteering at the center for certain events or programs, such as our Weekly Dharma Gathering Open House, or by offering your time and energy in a variety of other ways.

Staffing a Program

Staffing a program is an excellent way to get involved and to deepen your meditation practice. Once you have taken any program as a participant, you are then eligible to staff that program in the future. In appreciation of their effort, staff participate in programs free of charge and in many cases also receive program credit that can be applied towards tuition costs of future programs. Please note, the minimum requirement for staffing Shambhala Training Weekends is completion of Shambhala Training Weekend III, as well as completion of the Weekend you are staffing (if beyond Weekend III).

For more information on volunteering and how to get involved, please email Volunteer Coordinator Bobby Hughes or contact the office at 212.675.6544.


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 Shambhala New York has to offer, the center could not exist without our community’s financial and volunteer support. Thanks to our members, the profound tradition of meditation is able to survive and flourish. Monthly membership dues are the financial backbone of the Shambhala Center. Learn more about membership


The Shambhala Meditation 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 creating wakeful and compassionate society. This frames the way that we think about all of our sources of revenue. Every dollar goes towards creating meditation 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