The Burlington Shambhala Meditation Center is part of an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Our center offers public meditation, a core curriculum of Shambhala Buddhist teachings, as well as training in advanced contemplative practices. We invite you to explore our diverse programs designed to help people of all traditions discover their inherent sanity, gentleness and humor.


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 centre 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 →

Featured Programs

Fully Alive: A Pema Chödrön Video Series on Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change

with Patricia Hoffmann & Carol Snow

October 29th—November 19th

In this series, Pema provides a wealth of wisdom for learning to step right into the river: to be completely, fearlessly present even in the hardest times, the most difficult situations. It's the secret of being fully alive. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Daniel Brown

November 8th—November 9th

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Continue »

Burlington Community Practice Intensive

November 22nd—November 23rd

Practitioners of all levels are invited to join in this two-day practice of spacious mind. Continue »

Contentment In Everyday Life-DAYTIME Class

with Bill McPheters & Carol Snow

November 25th—December 16th

This introduction to meditation practice emphasizes how the challenges of life can be met with gentleness, steadiness, and humor. Continue »

Contentment in Everyday Life

January 12th—February 2nd (2015)

Contentment can be hard to find. Much of the time we search for contentment in things, achievements or relationships. With meditation practice, we relax with ourselves and appreciate simple human experiences. Difficult emotions and the challenges of life Continue »

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