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

Basic Goodness I: Who am I?

with Shastri Tom Brothers

August 24th—October 5th

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Renee Cowan

August 28th—August 30th

Shambhala Guide Training Follow-up

with Catherine Neill

September 12th

Relief: A Mindful Path to Ease

with Sasha Loring

September 19th

Great Eastern Sun

September 25th—September 27th

Yellow Trumpet

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Recent Blog Posts

  • Princess Lamp of Beauty Returns Home

    The Kingdom of Shambhala welcomes its third princess.

  • Keeping the Lights On

    By Ruth Pinnell   Dear Sangha, When I first came to Shambhala on a Thursday for the free meditation instruction, I was impressed by the beautiful and peaceful shrine room and the wonderful feeling of community. There were various activities during the rest of the week which were also free.  Even though the staff was volunteer, I wondered how they could … Continue 

  • Something More

    By Leo Trevino Dear Sangha, What led me to visit the Shambhala Center in Durham for the first time was a church meeting that I was invited to attend by a good neighbor.   Although I grew up going to church, I had stopped attending regularly many years ago because of a lack of connection that … Continue 

  • Membership – It’s a Love Thing

    My affiliation with Shambhala began in 2008, when I was living in Tampa, Florida. I’d been led, through years of spiritual searching, to read Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, which was a game-changer, to say the least. After many years of thinking, “I should meditate,” I finally bought a cushion and began … Continue