Joy In Everyday Life

with Dori Digenti & Elizabeth Peterson

February 24th—March 31st

This six-week class starts with a foundation of trust in basic goodness, and from there we begin to discover the confidence and personal energy to go forward on the journey. The class explores the mahayana teachings on compassion Continue »

Community Gathering / Open House: Becoming a Full Human Being: the Buddhist View of Self

with Janice Ragland

March 1st

We will sit together from 10 am to 11 am, with a talk and discussion to begin at 11 am. If you would like to receive initial meditation instruction (or a refresher), please arrive by 9:30, when meditation instruction will be given. We will have refreshm Continue »

Milarepa Day

March 7th

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 V: Open Sky

with Michael Stephens

March 13th—March 15th

Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky introduces the continuous experience of communicating with the world gently and fearlessly. Through opening up fully, our awareness is sharpened and we discover the clear sky of mind: a delightful source of wisdom and Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Dori Digenti

March 27th—March 29th

This weekend retreat combines talks by a senior teacher, meditation, discussion, and shared meals, to explore unconditional goodness.Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings emerges. Continue »

The Road Home: A Public Talk and Book Signing

with Shastri Ethan Nichtern

May 6th

Ethan Nichtern, author of the new book, The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path, will give a public talk and book signing at the Pioneer Valley Shambhala Center. Continue »

Welcome to Shambhala in the Pioneer Valley!

Pioneer Valley Shambhala offers Shambhala buddhist meditation, community, classes, 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. 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.

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