Milarepa Day

February 21st

Milarepa Day is our annual celebration of the Kagyu lineage forbearers of Tibetan Buddhism. The celebration involves a full day of practice, which includes chanting the Milarepa sadhana and reading the songs of the lineage teachers in The Rain of Wisdom. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level IV

with Michael Stephens

February 26th—February 28th

This weekend retreat introduces "awakened heart." With trust in basic goodness and daring to experience the sharp edge of reality, we move forward with gentleness, increased awareness, and inquisitiveness about the world, as it is. Continue »

Death Cafe

March 6th

At Death Cafes people of all ages and religions come together to talk about death. Continue »

Basic Goodness Series I: Who Am I?

with Shastri Andrea Darby & Michael Stephens

March 8th—April 12th

"Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human" focuses on the sense of self and includes teachings on basic goodness, selflessness, the arising of ego, the 5 skandhas, cocoon, buddha nature, and the confidence of warriorship. It also includes the practice Continue »

Children and Parents Program

March 12th—May 7th

Details TBA Continue »

Shambhala Training Level II

with Patti Morgan

March 18th—March 20th

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. Continue »

Parinirvana of Vajracharya Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

April 4th

Observation and celebration of the anniversary of the death of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. 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 180 international Shambhala centers. Shambhala was founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and is directed by his son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Shambhala 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.

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three jewelsYour donations support our all-volunteer Center and activities. We appreciate your generosity as we continue to bring free public meditation practice and instruction to the community. You can make a donation of any amount here.

New to Shambhala?

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.

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