Ongoing Offerings

Our center offers a rich array of weekly ongoing offerings free to the public. No prior meditation experience required to attend. Most programs offer meditation instruction upon request. All are welcome.

Open Public Sitting Hours

Sundays 9:00am – 12:00pm, Tea & Cookies Social 12:00pm – 12:30pm

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Meditation Instruction available on Sundays between 9:00am – 12:00pm or by appointment. This is an opportunity to explore any questions about meditation or the center.

Learn to Meditate

Wednesdays 6:00pm – 7:00pm

The Burlington Shambhala Center offers drop-in guided meditation instruction for beginners, or anyone looking to refresh their understanding of mindfulness meditation practice.

Led by a qualified Shambhala Meditation Instructor, this one-hour class presents the view and technique of mindfulness-awareness meditation. Each class features a guided practice session as well as an opportunity to ask questions.

Through synchronizing mind and body in meditation, we create the foundation for a sane and balanced life.

Shambhala Cafe

The first Saturday of every month, 9:00am – noon

A warm introduction to the Shambhala Center through a monthly gathering to share food, meditation, discussion and social time.

  •  9-10am meditation (individual instruction available)
  •  10-11am sharing a short dharma reading with coffee, tea and food
  •  11-12pm meditation (individual instruction available)

30’s & Under Social Meditation Group

Thursday evenings, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

This is a weekly group for young adults in their 20’s and 30’s who are interested in exploring the practice of meditation and how it relates to our everyday lives.  The format of our meetings is based on a powerful practice called Social Meditation.  Social Meditation offers guidelines and inspiration to extend our individual meditation into a social setting.  While individual meditation provides the opportunity to simply and non-judgmentally allow ourselves to feel and be present with our moment-to-moment experience of being human, the practice of Social Meditation nurtures a safe social space in which we can genuinely share our feelings and experience with a group of our peers, as well as listening deeply to others as they express their own feelings and experience.  Together we practice communicating with bravery and vulnerability—which are equivalent in the view of Social Meditation—so that we can bring these qualities into our daily lives.

Although most participants are in their 20’s and 30’s, older and younger participants are also welcome.  If you feel that this group can be of benefit to you, then please join us regardless of age!  No meditation experience is necessary, and there is no cost for participating.

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Introductory

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Charlotte Brodie & Patricia Hoffmann

January 8th—January 29th

This course provides an exploration of genuine contentment, the foundational views of the Buddhist teachings, and meditation in action for daily life. With meditation practice, we can learn to appreciate ourselves and simple human experiences. Continue »

Good Conversation Salon: True Listening

with John Hanagan & Patricia Hoffmann

January 28th

How can ordinary daily conversation be the key to personal and societal transformation? Please join us in this weekly book salon to explore this topic and to practice the lost art of good conversation. This week we will focus on Chapter 22 of The Lost Art Continue »

Gatekeeper Training

with Gary Vu

January 30th

The role of the gatekeeper is to serve as a gentle but unequivocal boundary between the meditation hall and the outside. The presence of a gatekeeper elicits mindful decorum and conduct and serves to protect the practice environment. Continue »

Who am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

with Shastri Sharon Keegan

February 5th—February 26th

This course asks the question, “Who am I?” and explores the sense of self. It includes teachings on basic goodness, selflessness, the arising of ego and cocoon, Buddha-nature, and the confidence of warriorship. Continue »

Good Conversation Salon: Everything Can Be Accomplished with Patience

with Gary Vu

February 11th

How can ordinary daily conversation be the key to personal and societal transformation? Please join us in this weekly book salon to explore this topic and to practice the lost art of good conversation. This week we will focus on Chapter 34 of The Lost Art Continue »