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Learn to Meditate

Whether you are completely new to meditation and want to learn the basics or an advanced practitioner looking to deepen your practice, a personal meditation instructor is the ideal (perhaps only) way to accomplish this.  We offer free individual meditation instruction. Check out our list of meditation instructors.

If you have any questions or comments about meditation or Shambhala, contact us here.



Spark your heart and mind

through the practice of meditation.



Shambhala Vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature can be developed in daily life so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society.



Featured Programs


February 22nd—June 20th

All community members are welcome to attend the Shambhala Sadhana full moon gatherings! Please join us for the Shambhala Sadhana, a practice composed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche on the basic goodness of self, others, and society. Continue »


with Shastri Christopher St John & Shastri Angela Lutzenberger

May 3rd—June 7th

In Brunswick. How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society explores our relationship with others and society, and our aspiration to help the world. Continue »


with Kathy Bither & Cathleen Miller

May 3rd—May 31st

In Portland. An introduction to the Buddhist concept of bodhicitta- awakened heart/mind. Through an exploration of the Buddhist teachings on intelligent compassion towards others, we begin to discover the joy of discipline, health and bravery. Continue »


with Shastri Diana Evans

May 13th—May 15th

In Brunswick. Study the practice of raising windhorse, which opens the heart and refreshes one's confidence. a way to bring about skillful and heartfelt social engagement. Continue »


with Frank Ryan & Susan Ryan

June 10th—June 12th

In Brunswick. Through exploring the depth of perception one engages the elemental and magical strength inherent in the world. The principle of drala refers to the sacred energy and power that exists when we step beyond aggression. Continue »


June 18th

Summer is a time of expansion and activity, of growth and richness. We celebrate together. Continue »

Pema Chodron's 80th Birthday Celebration in Brunswick

July 17th

Join us for Pema Chodron's Birthday Celebration after Sunday Morning Meditation. Continue »

New to Shambhala?

Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Learn about our vision, lineage & community. More →

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Ongoing Offerings

Our center offers a rich array of ongoing offerings free to the public including weekly public sitting meditation hours and dharma talks. No prior meditation experience required to attend.  All are welcome. More →

Recent News

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    This Week in Shambhala: April 28, 2016

    Building a Culture of Kindness. “True happiness is always available to us, but first we have to create the environment for it to flourish.” – SMR TWO NEW CLASSES STARTING IN MAY: HOW CAN I HELP? THE BASIC GOODNESS OF SOCIETY with Christopher St John & Angela Lutzenberger May 3rd—June 7th In Brunswick. How Can … Continue