Featured Programs

Community Meeting

October 26th

All members, friends and interested individuals are warmly invited and encouraged to join us for a community meeting on Sunday, October 26, from 1-4 PM. Continue »

Stable Mind, Tender Heart

with Shastri Andrea Darby

October 30th—November 20th

Once we begin to practice meditation on a regular basis, we might wonder, "How is my mediation going?" Am I getting anywhere? If so, where? If not, why not? Continue »

An Uncommon King: Movie about the Sakyong in Cambridge MA

November 6th

There are different kinds of rulers in this world: those who exert their power over others to control them and those who teach others to rule their own lives. An Uncommon King tells the life story of a young Tibetan (Mipham Rinpoche) as he Continue »

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

with John Darby

November 7th—November 9th

Bring the mindfulness and awareness of meditation practice into everyday life. Alive to our sense perceptions, we can venture into the world with a vulnerability that is fearless, gentle, and awake. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Michael Stephens

December 12th—December 14th

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart

with Shastri Andrea Darby

January 9th—January 11th (2015)

This weekend retreat introduces "awakened heart." With trust in basic goodness and daring to experience the sharp edge of reality, we move forward with gentleness, increased awareness, and inquisitiveness about the world, as it is. We can extend ourselves Continue »

Ethan Nichtern: a Public Talk

May 6th (2015)

Ethan Nichtern, author of One City: A Declaration of Interdependence, as well as his soon-to-be published new book, The Road Home, A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path, will be giving a public talk at the Shambhala Center. Continue »

Welcome to Shambhala in the Pioneer Valley!

Pioneer Valley Shambhala Center, located in downtown Northampton, Massachusetts, is one of over 300 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, caring, community, and societal engagement. The Shambhala community is dedicated to exploring ways to support human dignity as the basis for societal transformation. The Center is open weekday evenings Monday – Thursday, and often sponsors Saturday, weekend, or 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.

We welcome you to participate to the extent you wish. Sample a course or a weekend retreat—or a number of them—at any time.


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