Community Gathering/Open House: Protection Principle

with John Darby

February 1st

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 »

Mamo Chants

February 8th—February 17th

The practice of the Mamo Chants closes out the Tibetan lunar calendar year. The end of the lunar calendar year is often referred to as "the dön season." During this time, the Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos chant is recited. Continue »

Shambhala Day

February 19th

Shambhala Day is the annual New Years celebration in the Shambhala tradition. Join us for this celebratory event featuring a talk by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, community news, shared meal, and other festivities. Save the Date! Thursday, February 19th. Continue »

Joy In Everyday Life

with Dori Digenti & Elizabeth Peterson

February 24th—March 31st

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 »

Wisdom in Everyday Life

with Shastri Andrea Darby & Mark Seibold

February 26th—April 2nd

This six-week class is the culminating program in the "In Everyday Life" series, and will be led by Shastri Andrea Darby and Mark Seibold. Meditation sharpens our intelligence and uncovers our wisdom. When we touch the world directly, Continue »

Prospective & New Member Reception

February 27th

You are warmly welcome to a reception for prospective and Pioneer Valley Shambhala Center. If you have made a connection to the Center and are considering membership, or if you’ve become a member during the last year, please join us for Continue »

Milarepa Day

March 7th

Milarepa Day is our annual celebration of the Kagyu lineage forbearers of Tibetan Buddhism. The celebration involves a full day of practice, which includes chanting the Milarepa sadhana and reading the songs of the lineage teachers in The Rain of Wisdom. 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