Joy in Everyday LIfe

with Elizabeth Peterson & Dr. Bryan Mendiola

May 5th—June 2nd

This five-week class explores the mahayana teachings on compassion, which become the inspiration for a life of cheerful discipline and freedom from doubt. This leads to a sense of joy and bravery. Prerequisites apply. Continue »

Children and Parents Program

May 7th

Parents will convene in the main shrine room for meditation practice and discussion of how meditation and dharma study can enrich parent/child relationships. Children will meet in the community room and will be introduced to meditation and Continue »

The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, Part 5

with Mark Seibold & Tony Cape

May 11th—June 22nd

In this the third and final segment of the Profound Treasury-Mahāyāna series—PT-MY Pt. 5— we will focus on studying and practicing the Mind Training slogans of Atisha. Prerequisites apply. Continue »

Sit & Knit Reunion

May 14th

Knitters and other crafters are invited to spend the afternoon, first with 30 minutes of meditation and then a relaxing time of working on our projects and enjoying each other's company. Please join us! Continue »

Awakening Compassion: A Community Practice

with Shastri Andrea Darby & Tony Cape

May 22nd

This Community event will include a talk and guided contemplation of the Four Immeasurables, followed by a facilitated exploration of the intersections of identity privilege. Open to Members and Friends. Continue »

Mahasangha Practice Day

May 29th—October 30th

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

Midsummer Day

June 25th

SAVE THE DATE - Details to come Continue »

Welcome to Shambhala in the Pioneer Valley!

Pioneer Valley Shambhala offers a rich menu of meditation, classes, retreats, yoga, celebrations, and community gatherings. Serving the Western Massachusetts region–including Amherst, Holyoke, Springfield, Greenfield, the Hilltowns, and Berkshire County–we are one of 180 international Shambhala centers. Shambhala was founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and is directed by his son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Shambhala holds the view that human goodness is inherent, and that its recognition and cultivation in all can lead to positive social transformation. Meet our community and senior teachers at the Center, and master teachers — including Ani Pema Chodron — via video and livestreamed courses. All are welcome to join us!

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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