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 free 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.



An update regarding international and local responses to the recently disclosed allegations of clergy sexual misconduct involving Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and others:

The Kalapa Council, the leadership body of Shambhala International, has initiated an independent investigation into the allegations, to be conducted by Wickwire Holm Investigations, which is expected to conclude in October. The results of their findings will be shared with the entire mandala. Shambhala International also has engaged An Olive Branch, an independent, third-party organization with extensive experience in supporting organizations (including Buddhist ones) with healing and reconciliation following allegations of sexual misconduct.

The Kalapa Council members are all resigning and it is anticipated that a new form of leadership will emerge that will be more representative of, and responsive to, the sangha at large. You can read about the transition process here.

As events unfold, communications are periodically sent out, and are then posted here, so you can access any that you may have missed. A community care webpage has been set up with links to all available information pertinent to this issue.

While the current situation is deeply unsettling, our local Shambhala Center and sangha are alive and well and here for you. We will continue to have sharing circles as long as they are needed. Our Thursday Open House, Sunday Sitting, Heart of Recovery, Community Shambhala Sadhana and monthly Sadhana of Mahamudra offerings will continue as before. A host of classes, retreats and community events are in the planning stages, and will be posted to our website soon. And our building expansion is progressing quickly and beautifully!

Out of respect for those for whom the Sakyong’s photograph may be triggering and painful, we are removing all lineage photographs from our shrines. The care and well-being of our community is a paramount concern. We believe this was the right thing to do.

Throughout this challenging time, please be kind to yourself and others. Let the wellspring of compassion at the heart of your being be a healing balm to all. Stay as open as possible, doing your best not to fixate or harden. Meditate as much as you can. Study the Dharma and let your own personal experience of its truth guide and inspire you. And stay connected to our precious sangha, where true refuge is at hand.




Featured Programs

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Tekla Jachimiak & Tim Struttmann

December 4th—January 15th (2019)

Meditation Retreat: Meditation is Good Medicine

with Sasha Loring

December 26th—January 1st (2019)

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior

with Christian Gregory

January 4th—January 6th (2019)

Basic Goodness 3: What is Real?

with Shastri Thomas Brothers & Rhea Colmar

January 19th—February 2nd (2019)

What Can We Rely On? Advice from the Buddha and Atisha

with Acharya Richard John

February 8th—February 10th (2019)

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

with Catherine Neill

February 22nd—February 24th (2019)

Joy in Everyday Life

February 26th—March 26th (2019)




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