Spark your heart and mind through the practice of meditation.

Shambhala Vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature can be developed in daily life so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society.


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The Durham Shambhala Meditation Center (located at 733 Rutherford Street, Durham, NC) offers meditation instruction, regular practice sessions and a variety of classes and weekend retreats for new and experienced practitioners. Our community welcomes people from all walks of life, traditions and religions. Learn more about us.



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Featured Programs

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Catherine Neill

August 1st—August 3rd

Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. This workshop is recommended for new and experienced meditators, as well as for those looking to enrich their existing spiritua Continue »

Kyudo Weekend

with Ken Rawie

August 16th—August 17th

The weekend of August 16-17, 2014, the Durham Shambhala Center will host Ken Rawie, Kyudo instructor, who will train students in traditional Japanese archery -- the "meditative art of archery." Continue »

Shambhala Training: Great Eastern Sun

with Chris Kreeger

September 6th—September 7th

This weekend program teaches how to see the Great Eastern Sun, the primordial energy and brilliance that is the basis of all that exists. Continue »

Joy in Everyday Life

with Acharya Suzann Duquette, Laura Silvestri, Tim Struttmann

September 6th—September 13th

This course examines the Buddhist teachings on compassion. Continue »

Basic Goodness II: How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society

with Shastri Tom Brothers & Susan Gaylord

September 16th—October 21st

In this course we explore our relationships with others. How do we envision a good human society? Continue »