Dharma Gathering/Open House

with Dori Digenti

October 4th

Join us at 10am for meditation practice (instruction is at 9:30am). At 11, a short dharma talk on "The Buddha Was (Also) a Yogi" will be given, followed by dialog and refreshments. Continue »

Prospective Member Reception

October 9th

You are warmly invited to a reception for prospective members of Pioneer Valley Shambhala Center. If you have made a connection to Shambhala and are considering membership, please join us for meditation, conversation and dessert. Continue »

The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, Pt 3

with Shastri Andrea Darby, Anthony Walker, Dori Digenti

October 21st—December 5th

Part 3 of this special program, designed for the full community to participate in, will begin to explore the mahayana Buddhist teachings of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Mark Seibold

October 23rd—October 25th

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

Death Cafe

October 31st

Why not have our first Death Café on Halloween, the eve of Dia de los Muertos? At Death Cafes people of all ages and religions come together to talk about death. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

with Shastri Ellen Rook

November 6th—November 8th

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 »

Social Justice Group meeting

November 7th—December 5th

The Social Justice group meets monthly to plan and discuss ongoing activities: All are welcome. 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 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. 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.

Sky Lake Advanced Programs

New programs offered at Shambhala’s Sky Lake Lodge retreat center in Hudson Valley, NY (click the program title to find out more, and to register):

shambhalamandalaKalapa Art of Living with Acharya Arawana Hayashi, October 9 – 11, 2015

agnesAshe Heart: The Practice of Things as They Are with Sangyum Agness Au, October 30 – November 1, 2015

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