Thanksgiving Nyinthun

with Dori Digenti

November 29th

Join for an extended morning Community meditation session. The session will include sitting and walking meditation, compassion practice, and a period of gentle movement exercises. All are welcome. Come for part of all of the session; please enter or leave Continue »

Open House/Dharma Gathering

with Elizabeth Peterson

December 6th

Join us at 10am for meditation practice. (Free meditation instruction is offered to those new to meditation at 9:30am. Please let your friends know about this 9:30am instruction.) At 11, a short dharma talk will be followed by dialog and refreshments. Continue »

Winter Solstice/Children's Day Celebration

December 20th

Winter Solstice/Childrens Day is a whole-community celebration of the solstice and the joy of children, with light, song, merriment, food, and laughter. Please join us! Continue »

Public Talk

with Shastri Brett Ferrigan

January 4th (2016)

SAVE THE DATE! Details to come. Continue »

Joy in Everyday LIfe

January 14th—February 11th (2016)

This six-week class starts with a foundation of trust in basic goodness, and from there we begin to discover the confidence and personal energy to go forward on the journey. The class explores the mahayana teachings on compassion Continue »

Social Justice Community Discussion

January 18th (2016)

5:30 Refreshments; 6-8:30 community discussion. Details to follow. Continue »

The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, Pt 4

with Mark Seibold, Joe Arak, Elizabeth Peterson

January 27th—March 2nd (2016)

Part 4 of this special program, designed for the full community to participate in, will continue the exploration of the mahayana Buddhist teachings of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, from the Profound Treasury, Volume 2. 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

Please check out this 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):

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