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 Tibetan Buddhist lineages of Kagyü and Nyingma, as originally presented in the west by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

Through training in meditation we explore our minds and hearts 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.

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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

Shambhala Morning

March 9th—December 13th (2025)

Café and Meditation Instruction Every Second Saturday of the month 9:30 - 11 Join us for lively discussion and practice Continue »

MidWeek Dharma

April 3rd—December 18th

WEEKLY WEDNESDAYS Revitalize yourself with a drop-in community of meditation practitioners - new and old! Meditation practice, instruction and dharma presentation followed by discussion. Continue »


with Kendra Smith & Melissa Scanlon

July 8th—August 5th

Join us as we explore teachings from Pema Chödrön (audio recordings) on how we as individuals can respond to turmoil in our everyday lives to create a culture of compassion. Continue »