Midsummer Day

June 26th

The Shambhala community Members & Friends will celebrate Midsummer Day at Look Park in Florence, MA. Extended families and children are warmly invited! See full description for details of where to gather and what to bring. Continue »

Yoga Class

with Dori Digenti

June 29th—July 29th

Join us Wednesdays evenings 5:30 - 6:30 pm or noontime Fridays, 12:00 - 1:15 pm to practice joyful, refreshing yoga pose sequences that offer awareness, stability, flexibility, and ease. Open to all levels, for every body. Please arrive early, and bring y Continue »

Community Gathering / Open House

with Tony Cape

July 3rd

Join us at 10am with an introduction to Shambhala, meditation instruction and practice. At 11, a senior teacher will offer a talk on "The Bodhisattva Path." Refreshments and socializing follow.. Donations welcome. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Dori Digenti

July 8th—July 10th

Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings emerges. This weekend retreat combines talks, guided meditation and movement, and discussion. Friday night talk is free and open to the public. Continue »

Fully Alive with Ani Pema Chodron (video program)

with Carl Nardiello

July 16th

All are welcome to this one-day retreat with teachings via video by Pema Chodron, with discussion, meditation, and a celebration of Pema's 80th birthday. Meditation instruction will be provided for those new to practice.Please register now to reserve your Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Program

with Michael Stephens

July 31st

Join for an afternoon session of guided practice of Shambhala Meditation. Shambhala meditation expresses the heart of the Shambhala message: feeling worthy to be, and touching our basic goodness. Open to those who have received instruction previously. Continue »

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Michael Stephens

August 7th—August 14th

This class explores how we can open to the inherent goodness and qualities of contentment: gentleness, appreciation and steadiness through the practice of meditation. This class starts on a Sunday afternoon, and continues on the following weekend. Continue »

Welcome to Shambhala in the Pioneer Valley!

Pioneer Valley Shambhala offers a rich menu of meditation, classes, retreats, yoga, celebrations, and community gatherings. 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 that its recognition and cultivation in all can lead to positive social transformation. Meet our community and senior teachers at the Center, and master teachers — including Ani Pema Chodron — via video and livestreamed courses. All are welcome to join us!

Support Shambhala

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