Parinirvana of Chogyam Trungpa

April 4th

April 4 is the Parinirvana Day for Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche...the anniversary of his passing. We will be honoring him with the practice of the Sadhana of Mahamudra Feast. This feast practice is open to all members on this special day. We will start s Continue »

Community Gathering/Open House: Rebirth and Karma

with Joe Arak

April 5th

We will sit together from 10 am to 11 am, with a talk and discussion to begin at 11 am. If you would like to receive initial meditation instruction (or a refresher), please arrive by 9:30, when meditation instruction will be given. Continue »

The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, Part 2

with Shastri Andrea Darby, Anthony Walker, Tony Cape

April 15th—May 27th

Part two of this special class, designed for the full community to participate in, will further explore the hinayana Buddhist teachings of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. Open to all. Continue »

Community Meeting

April 25th

Our Spring community meeting starts at 12:30 with refreshments and socializing. The formal meeting starts at 1:30, and includes discussion of potential new space, finances, and reports from our initiatives on aging, death and dying; climate change; engagi Continue »

The Road Home: A Public Talk and Book Signing

with Shastri Ethan Nichtern

May 6th

Ethan Nichtern, author of the new book, The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path, will give a public talk and book signing at the Pioneer Valley Shambhala Center. Continue »

Welcome to Shambhala in the Pioneer Valley!

Pioneer Valley Shambhala offers Shambhala buddhist 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. 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