Sakyong Enthronement Celebration

July 5th

Please join us in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the enthronement of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. The celebration starts with a live web address by the Sakyong, followed by food, poetry, musical offerings, and toasts. Continue »

Social Justice Group meeting

July 11th

The Social Justice group will meet to plan and discuss ongoing activities: All are welcome. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with John Darby

July 17th—July 19th

This weekend retreat, combining talks by a senior teacher, meditation, discussion, and shared meals, explores the possibility of opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation. Special Educators and Early Bird discounts apply. Open to all. Continue »

Community Meeting

August 16th

Please join the PVSC community for our quarterly community meeting. Topics include updates from the Move committee, and from our affinity groups. Continue »

Conversation with Myra Woodruff, Executive Director of Karme Choling

September 9th

Myra Woodruff, Executive Director of the Karmê Chöling Shambhala Meditation Center in Barnet, VT, will be hosting a community forum at our center on Wednesday, September 9 from 7-9 pm. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level II: The Birth of the Warrior

September 11th—September 13th

In Level II, we cultivate our willingness to observe our cocoon of habitual fear and defense mechanisms. We begin to appreciate that we can fully experience our basic goodness and further develop fearlessness. Early Bird pricing $108 before Aug 25! Continue »

Contentment in Everyday Life

September 15th—October 20th

This six-week class explores how we can open to the inherent goodness and qualities of contentment: gentleness, appreciation and steadiness through the practice of meditation. Continue »

Welcome to Shambhala in the Pioneer Valley!

Pioneer Valley Shambhala offers Shambhala buddhist (mindfulness-awareness) meditation, community, classes, retreats, and events that celebrate human goodness and compassion. Serving the Western Massachusetts region–including Amherst, Holyoke, Springfield, Greenfield, the Hilltowns, and Berkshire County–we are one of over 220 international centers directed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Shambhala, founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, holds the view that human goodness is inherent, and can be cultivated and expressed through the practice of meditation, contemplative arts, caring, and community, and can further lead to positive social transformation. Senior teachers in the Shambhala tradition teach at the Center, and master teachers — including Ani Pema Chodron — teach at the Center via video and livestreamed courses. The Center is open weekday evenings Monday-Thursday, and often sponsors weekend and special weeknight events. Please check the “Programs” link for details of upcoming events.


Shambhala is an international network of urban meditation centers and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Learn about our vision, lineage, our Way of Shambhala, community, and many other programs.

The Way of Shambhala

The Way of Shambhala
is an extensive path of training in authentic meditation practices and wisdom teachings for anyone interested in pursuing such training. This program of courses and weekend retreats offers an experiential overview of practices, teachings, contemplative arts, and physical disciplines rooted in the ancient traditions of Shambhala and Vajrayana Buddhism.

The program is open to people of all religious backgrounds or no religious background. It is recommended for new and experienced meditators as well as those looking to enrich their personal spiritual path and social action. Shambhala weekends are structured to offer participants teachings and an in-depth meditation retreat.  Attendance is required for the Friday night talk and for each session of the program.

Contact Us
Pioneer Valley Shambhala Center 191 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060 413.585.9848