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

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 »

Harvest of Peace Community Celebration

September 20th

Harvest of Peace, held around the time of the autumn equinox, is an opportunity for local communities to gather, hear teachings by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and celebrate the riches of our local cultures and heritage. Continue »

Vajrayogini Feast

with Rhea Colmar

September 20th - Date cancelled

This feast practice is restricted to Tantrikas who have received Vajrayogini Abhisheka and lung from an authorized Shambhala lineage holder. Continue »