Meet Pioneer Valley Shambhala

Welcome to Pioneer Valley Shambhala

Shambhala takes its name from a legendary society that was based on human goodness. Our communities around the world include people from all walks of life, who are interested in meditation, contemplative expression, and transformation toward just and sustainable society. Pioneer Valley Shambhala serves the Western Massachusetts region from our center in downtown Northampton.

Shambhala Centers are dedicated to creating a welcoming atmosphere, free of prejudice, and to develop an inclusive and enlightened society with facilities fully accessible to all persons. Although some of our programs and events are open only to those who have fulfilled certain prerequisites, everyone is welcome at our Center regardless of religion, spiritual tradition or teachers, path of practice, opinions, class, nationality, culture, ethnicity, race, language, age, gender, sexual orientation, or physical, perceptual or mental abilities. Our Center is committed to creating a practice, study, and community environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity.

New to Shambhala?

butterflyYou are welcome to attend one or all of our programs for new meditators: Open House, introductory classes, and weekend retreats. Check our Calendar and Programs page for details. You don’t need any prior knowledge of Buddhism or meditation ability to attend. Why meditate? Through meditation, you can begin to discover your mind’s natural stability and strength, and develop mindfulness. When you tap into this stability, your experience of life may become more vivid and clear. You may find you are less reactive and able to respond to situations without falling into negative patterns. Sitting quietly and working with your mind regularly is one of the most radical and practical ways you can spend your time. We welcome you to discover the benefits of a contemplative life for yourself, in the company of others on the path.

The Shambhala Path

community3The path includes a series of classes and retreats to develop, stabilize, and strengthen our mindfulness and loving kindness. Based on traditional Shambhala Buddhist principles, we engage in learning community to bring gentleness, fearlessness, and bravery to daily modern life. The Shambhala path has been carefully designed so that we can take weeknight classes and weekend retreats while tending to family, job, and service. Read on »

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

Featured Programs

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 »

Community Gathering / Open House

with Jeremy Andersen

August 7th

Join us at 10am with an introduction to Shambhala, meditation instruction and practice. At 11, Jeremy Andersen will offer a talk on "Rousing Our Communal Heart." Refreshments and socializing follow.. Donations welcome. Continue »

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Michael Stephens & Carl Nardiello

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 »

Community Practice Day

August 14th—October 30th

All are welcome to a day of all-levels meditation in community. Meditation instruction provided. Please come for at least one 3-hour block. Check the full description for details. Continue »

Community Compassion Practice

August 21st—December 18th

We contemplate the Four Immeasurables as a path for developing and strengthening feelings of loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity - for ourselves and others. Over time, this practice gradually erodes the barriers that we have created between ou Continue »