Healing Circle

August 30th—December 27th

The Healing Circle is comprised of talks, discussions, reflection circles, guided meditation and other healing practices. Open to anyone eager to integrate adverse circumstances into their spiritual path, for those who are ill, disabled, or suffering Continue »

Dharma Gathering/Open House: Ignoring as an Activity

with John Darby

September 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 »

Buddhism and Race in American: Intra-sangha panel and discussion

September 8th

The PVSC Social Justice Group invites the community to view a video of a panel discussion "Buddhism and Race in America: Intra-Sangha Racial Dynamics," held in March at Harvard Divinity School. Discussion and refreshments follow. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level II: The Birth of the Warrior

with Charles Trageser

September 11th—September 13th

In Level II, we cultivate our willingness to observe our cocoon of habitual fear and defense mechanisms. We begin to appreciate that we can fully experience our basic goodness and further develop fearlessness. Early Bird pricing $108 before Aug 25! Continue »

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Michael Stephens & Grace Goodman

September 15th—October 13th

This class explores how we can open to the inherent goodness and qualities of contentment: gentleness, appreciation and steadiness through the practice of meditation. Continue »

Basic Goodness 3: What is Real?

with Shastri Andrea Darby & Mark Seibold

September 17th—October 22nd

This class asks the question, “What is real?” How do we know what is real? How is this question meaningful for our everyday lives? Topics include interdependence, the role of mind in perception, and the teachings on emptiness and sacredness. Open to al Continue »

Prospective Member Reception

October 9th

You are warmly invited to a reception for prospective members of Pioneer Valley Shambhala Center. If you have made a connection to Shambhala and are considering membership, please join us for meditation, conversation and dessert. 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.

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