Who We Are

Founded in 1971, the Burlington Shambhala Center is home to a community who shares a genuine connection to meditation practice and the aspiration to realize a more wakeful, sane society. We aspire to create an environment where all people are welcome and respected, with support to participate as they choose.

Our mission is to cultivate the worthiness, wisdom and compassion of individuals and society based on the inherent goodness of humanity and the natural world. Our core path is a personal, experiential path of meditation and study, supported by a community of other practitioners. The roots of our practices are the Shambhala lineage and the Buddhist lineages of Kagyü and Nyingma, as originally presented in the west by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. We train in meditation to better know our minds and hearts and to cultivate the qualities of openness, bravery, kindness and compassion, with the intention of extending these qualities into life and society in general. Respecting that each individual’s journey is their own, we welcome all who are interested in personal, spiritual and societal awakening.

Due to increasing number of Covid-19 cases in Chittenden county, we are requiring that everyone wear masks to help prevent spread of the virus. Please join us anytime between 9am to 12pm on Sundays at the Center for sitting. Meditation instruction will be available from 10am to 12pm for anyone interested.  Throughout the pandemic we have been live-streaming our sits; however, due to dwindling participation we will no longer be offering this. Hope to see many of you live and in-person!! We will be monitoring the Covid-19 situation and making changes accordingly.

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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 →

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 In Uncertainty: One Year to Live

with Myra Woodruff

November 7th—October 2nd

Purpose: Fully Alive In Uncertainty creates a forum for community where participants explore living life and meeting death whole-heartedly, having committed themselves to live a year as though it were their last. Continue »

Shambhala Cafe

January 1st—December 3rd

A warm introduction to the Shambhala Center through a monthly gathering to share meditation, selected readings from contemporary Buddhist teachers, and social time. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

January 8th—December 10th

Thinking about getting meditation into your life? Learn to Meditate is for both newcomers and those looking for a refresher. Continue »

Taming the Mind

with Charlotte Brodie & William Barry

January 25th—March 1st

An introduction to the foundational teachings of Buddhism. Continue »

Working with Emotions in Meditation and Everyday Life

with Scott Perry

April 26th—May 31st

Mindfulness in relating with emotions is a fruitful path to deepening friendship with ourselves and openness to others. Continue »