Contentment in Everyday Life

June 2nd—June 30th

This five-week class, based on prerecorded video teachings by Acharya Eve Rosenthal, explores how we can open to the inherent goodness and qualities of contentment: gentleness, appreciation and steadiness -- through the practice of meditation. Continue »

Aging, Death & Dying Group meeting

June 6th

Discussion and planning for exploring Aging, Death and Dying within our community and planning for support, outreach and education. All who are interested are welcome to attend. Continue »

Dharma Gathering/Open House: Life is a Ceremony

with Michael Stephens

June 7th

Join us at 10am with meditation practice. (Free meditation instruction is offered to those new to meditation at 9:30am. Please let your friends know about this 9:30 am instruction.) At 11, our center director, Michael Stephens, will offer a short dharma Continue »

Good Medicine with Pema Chodron on DVD

June 13th

Join us for this Mini-retreat on the practice of compassion known as Tonglen. Through meditation instruction and practice, Pema's talks on DVD, and group discussion, we'll learn how to arouse our hearts and sharpen our minds. Continue »

Film: The Wisdom to Survive

June 19th

"The Wisdom to Survive" accepts the consensus of scientists that climate change has already arrived, and asks, what is keeping us from action? Continue »

Midsummer Day Celebration

June 20th

Midsummer Day is an opportunity for families and friends in Shambhala to enjoy summer fun together. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with John Darby

July 17th—July 19th

This weekend retreat, combining talks by a senior teacher, meditation, discussion, and shared meals, explores the possibility of opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation. With basic goodness as the ground, our potential as genuine and Continue »

Welcome to Shambhala in the Pioneer Valley!

Pioneer Valley Shambhala offers Shambhala buddhist (mindfulness-awareness) meditation, community, classes, 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 — 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.

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.

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