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.




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.



Our Response to the Novel Coronavirus

In the interest of protecting our community and in keeping with the guidelines of public health officials, the Durham Shambhala Center is closed through March 31, at which time we will reassess. 

In the meantime, we are offering group meditation practice and classes via the internet. All are invited to join us for Thursday Open House (7 – 8 pm via Zoom), featuring 20 minutes of meditation, a brief reading, and time for socializing. Sunday morning meditation (10 – 11 am via Zoom) is another excellent opportunity for group practice.

More online options will be added soon. Please check the Programs page for further information. For the Zoom links to our online programs please email [email protected].

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Featured Programs

Heart Sutra Study Group

September 16th—May 18th

Chariot of Mahamudra - Indefinitely Postponed

with Acharya Richard John

April 17th—April 19th


with Shastri Jerry Webster

May 15th—May 17th

Death and the Bardo

with Andrew Holecek

September 11th—September 13th




New to Shambhala?

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 →