Featured Programs

Community Gathering/Open House

with Tony Cape

December 7th

Join us for meditation at 10am (instruction provided for new meditators), talk and discussion at 11am, and refreshments at 12 noon. This month's talk is on "Natural Hierarchy." 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 »

Children's Day Shrine setup

December 14th

At the heart of the Children’s Day festivities is the shrine, the representation of the dignity of the family, the joy and creativity of the youthful heart, and the celebration of the senses. All families and children are cordially invited Continue »

Winter Solstice and Children's Day Celebration

December 21st

All are warmly invited to our winter solstice celebration. The Shambhala community traditionally celebrates the changes of season. These special days are called Nyida Days and relate to the spring and autumn equinoxes, and the summer and winter solstice 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 »

Public Talk

with Shastri Ethan Nichtern

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 Pioneer Valley Shambhala Center. More d Continue »

Just Announced! Weekend Program with Acharya Adam Lobel at Kripalu, Dec 5-7!

Gently Free: A Spiritual Path Without Self-Blame or Guilt

In this Adam Lobelworkshop, Adam Lobel, senior teacher (acharya) in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and a scholar of religion and philosophy, explores how you can approach your spiritual path and everyday life with more senior teacher (acharya) in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and a scholar of religion and philosophy. The Kripalu Center is located in Stockbridge, MA. Read more and register here: http://kripalu.org/program/view/WSG-142/gently_free_a_spiritual_path_without_self_blame_or

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. 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