Featured Programs

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 »

When Things Go South - the Wisdom of Adversity

with Jeff Rubin

September 24th

When confronted with difficult, painful circumstances in our lives like sickness, grief, or rejection by a loved one, our normal inclination is to withdraw, deny, or lash out. Instead, if we’re willing to look inward at these most vulnerable times, Continue »

Community Meeting

October 26th

All members, friends and interested individuals are warmly invited and encouraged to join us for a community meeting on Sunday, October 26, from 1-4 PM. Continue »

Stable Mind, Tender Heart

with Shastri Andrea Darby

October 30th—November 20th

Once we begin to practice meditation on a regular basis, we might wonder, "How is my mediation going?" Am I getting anywhere? If so, where? If not, why not? Continue »

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

November 7th—November 9th

Bring the mindfulness and awareness of meditation practice into everyday life. Alive to our sense perceptions, we can venture into the world with a vulnerability that is fearless, gentle, and awake. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

December 12th—December 14th

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Continue »

Welcome to Shambhala in the Pioneer Valley!

Pioneer 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 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.

September is Membership Month at Pioneer Valley Shambhala Center

This is the month that we celebrate our members’ contributions to our center. Members contribute their practice and study, volunteer service, and financial support in order to create a wakeful, caring society at the center, at home and in the community. Their generosity allows our center to offer public sitting, programs and classes. If you would like to be a member, more information is available here: http://pioneervalley.shambhala.org/community/membership/

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