Dear Sangha, Community, Friends, and Visitors:

In response to the increasing threat from the coronavirus, COVID-19, the Pioneer Valley Shambhala Center Council has suspended all in-person gatherings and activities in the center until at least April 10th. We regret any inconvenience this might cause you but, in the interest of supporting social distancing, we felt this was the necessary and proper course of action.

We are currently working on setting up a roster of programs, including our weekly Open Houses, sitting meditation sessions, and the 30s and Under group, online. We are also working on establishing easy and convenient ways to make online donations which will help support the Center during this challenging time.

On Behalf of the PVSC Council and Sangha,
Mark Seibold, Center Director


Where to Begin?

Learn to meditate or deepen your practice at these weekly offerings.
Always free, donations welcomed.

WEDNESDAYS, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Shambhala Wednesday Night
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THURSDAYS, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Open Sitting Meditation
Join us online!
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SUNDAYS, 10:00 am – 11:30 am Open Sitting Meditation
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Featured Programs

Reflections on Silver River: Part 3 (Now Online)

with Mark Seibold, Elizabeth Peterson, Joe Arak

March 3rd—May 5th

In this final installment of our study of Tokmey Zangpo’s Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva we will resume our discussion of his profound contemplations on how to engage the bodhisattva path. Continue »

Werma Feast

March 22nd—February 10th (2021)

The Werma Feasts will take place on Zoom for the time being! Continue »

Online Dharma Class and Book Salon

with Acharya Fleet Maull & Sophie Leger

March 26th—July 9th

This offering will be an online Dharma class and book salon, every Thursday, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. The 1.5-hour sessions will take place on Zoom and will include guided practice, sitting, teaching, exploratory dialogue, and community building. Continue »

Community Gathering - Open House: Shaking Hands in a Time of Coronavirus

with Joe Arak

April 5th

Join us for our monthly Open House. At 10am, we begin with sitting and walking meditation. There will be a short meditation instruction at the beginning. Continue »

Pioneer Valley Shambhala Center’s Statement and Commitment

The Pioneer Valley Shambhala Center is a community of meditators and dharma practitioners committed to the Buddhist path of awakening and compassion. Over the past two years our community has experienced heartbreak and confusion over allegations of misconduct by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Shambhala’s lineage holder, as well as questions of accountability among his inner circle.

While the international organization of Shambhala engages in a process of discerning how to relate to the upheaval and restructure the international community, we remain committed locally to teaching and practicing meditation and to engaging together as a community. We welcome you to join us in practice and solidarity.