Featured Programs

Healing Circle

August 31st—December 28th

Illness and adverse circumstances are like sand in the engine of our life, stalling us, and often leaving us in despair. The conventional view of illness and adverse circumstances is that these are something to be resisted and discarded at the earliest Continue »

Reception for New and Prospective Members

September 5th

You are warmly welcome to join us for a reception for new and prospective members of Pioneer Valley Shambhala Center. Please consider coming if you have made a connection to the Center and would like to consider becoming a member. Continue »

Dharma Gathering / Open House

with Joe Arak

September 7th

Join us at 10am with an introduction to Shambhala, meditation instruction and practice. At 11, a senior teacher offers a dharma talk. Refreshments and socializing follow this presentation. Donation requested. Continue »

Soft Heart, Strong Back: Contentment in Everyday Life

with Jeremy Andersen & Faith Killough

September 9th—October 7th

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

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior

with Dori Digenti

September 12th—September 14th

This weekend retreat features meditation practice, discussion groups, talks, and exercises to assist participants in developing awareness of basic goodness and our habitual responses to the world. Continue »

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Dori Digenti & Joe Arak

September 18th—October 23rd

As the path continues, we begin to see that fear is a challenging obstacle to living our life in a confident and relaxed way. The Shambhala teachings help us learn to work with anxiety, so that we are not blocked by fear. Continue »

Harvest of Peace Community Celebration

September 21st

Please join us for the Harvest of Peace celebration! Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, head of Shambhala, will address the worldwide community by video. Continue »

Welcome to Shambhala in the Pioneer Valley!

pvsccommunityPioneer Valley Shambhala Center, located in downtown Northampton, Massachusetts, is one of over 300 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, caring, community, and societal engagement. The Shambhala Buddhist community is dedicated to exploring ways to support human dignity as the basis for societal transformation. The Center is open weekday evenings Monday – Thursday, and often sponsors Saturday, weekend, or 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.

We welcome you to participate to the extent you wish. Sample a course or a weekend retreat—or a number of them—at any time.


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