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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Greenland - Ancient Wisdom to Our Changing World

August 10th

Join us for this special evening presentation by Vermont resident Jane English. The evening will include a slideshow of photographs of Greenland, combined with an interactive introduction to the traditional teachings of the Far North of Greenland. Continue »

Kyudo Demonstration

with Grace DiNapoli

August 12th

Kyudo, the Way of the Bow, is one of the oldest arts of the Japanese tradition of contemplative warriorship. Please come for a demonstration and Q&A, offered right after morning practice and social! Continue »

Learn the Art of Japanese Archery - Kyudo First Shot

with Grace DiNapoli & Tom Kyle

August 18th

Kyudo, the Way of the Bow, is one of the oldest arts of the Japanese tradition of contemplative warriorship. The practice of kyudo begins with "First Shot" and the cultivation of beginner's heart. Continue »

Sunday Dharma Talk: On Turning 80 - A Shambhala Buddhist Perspective On Old Age and Death

with John Hanagan

October 21st

Our dear friend John Hanagan will be sharing reflections on life and death as he enters his 80th year of his precious human birth. Please join us in hearing and discussing this profound and universal topic. Continue »