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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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 →

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Featured Programs

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Tekla Jachimiak

April 8th—May 6th

The Contentment in Everyday Life course is a thorough exploration of mindfulness meditation, delving into the foundational views of the Hinayana Buddhist teachings and meditation in action for daily life. Continue »

Bodhisattva Vow Classes

with Tekla Jachimiak

April 16th—April 23rd

This class is open to anyone who is curious about the Bodhisattva Vow, and is required for those preparing to take the vow. Continue »

Enlightened Society Assembly Study Group

with Shastri Tom Brothers

May 7th

An informal discussion and study group for those interested in attending Enlightened Society Assembly. Continue »

Ikebana Class

with David McCarthy

May 10th—June 7th

David McCarthy will be offering classes in ikebana (Japanese flower arranging). Ikebana is an art, a practice, a contemplation and an exploration of Japanese history and culture. Continue »

The Shambhala Principle

with Acharya Richard John

May 16th—May 18th

This public talk and weekend program is open to all new and senior practitioners. Based on the book by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, this is an opportunity to develop your meditation practice and align it with the realities of daily life. Continue »