Please Note: As of 12/23/21, due to the recent surge, we are suspending all in-person activities at the center and returning to virtual only. This will last until further notice. We will be monitoring the situation closely and will reopen for in-person events as soon as possible.

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We are delighted to announce that we have partnered with Albany, Sky Lake, New Haven and New York City to offer the following programs in 2022:

 

Please join the Pioneer Valley Shambhala Center on a yearlong journey of practice. You can click on the title of any program to get more information and to register.

Everyday Life Series

Meditation In Everyday Life: 2.3.22-3.3.22
An introduction to basic meditation and how to develop a personal practice.

Contentment in Everyday Life: 3.24.22-4.21.22
Mindful appreciation and gentleness to oneself. Foundational Buddhist teachings.

Joy in Everyday Life: 5.12.22-6.9.22
Compassion, joyous discipline, and healthy energy. Buddhist teachings on aspiring and loving action.

Fearlessness in Everyday Life: 9.22.22-10.20.22
Transforming fear. Buddhist teachings exploring ultimate reality.

Wisdom in Everyday Life: 11.10.22-12.15.22
Playfulness, ordinary magic, and innate wisdom. An introduction to the vajrayana Buddhist teachings.

Heart of Warriorship Series
Shambhala Training is a series of secular meditation workshops, suited for both beginning and experienced meditators. Levels I-V provide a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation practice. These five workshops include meditation training and practice, talks by senior instructors, personal interviews, and group discussions.

Level I: The Art of Being Human – 1.22.22 & 1.23.22
Discovering basic goodness in the world and in ourselves.

Level II: Birth of the Warrior – 3.11.22-3.13.22
Cultivating the willingness to observe our cocoons of fear and our defense mechanisms.

Level III: Warrior in the World – 4.29.22-5.1.22
Developing the bravery to step outside our cocoons.

Level IV: Awakened Heart – 9.9.22-9.11.22
Opening to increased awareness and inquisitiveness about the world, as it is.

Level V: Open Sky 11.4.22-11.6.22
When we sharpen our awareness, we find the open clear sky of mind—a delightful source of wisdom and uplifted energy and we can trust our nature enough to let go into the present moment.

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You can get more information and register for any of the above programs by clicking on the title of the program, by using the “All Programs” menu or by clicking on one of the Featured Programs below.

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WHERE TO BEGIN?

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

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FRIDAY Morning Sitting Meditation
Fridays: 8 am – 9 am

During this time you may join or leave as your schedule allows

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/362704330

WEDNESDAYS, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Wednesday Night Maitri

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/61987002

Donate to support Daily Sitting Sessions

THURSDAYS, Meeting on the first and third Thursdays of the month

7:00 pm to about 7:45 pm 30’s and Under Meditation

For more information: https://pioneervalley.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=487012

SUNDAYS, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Open Sitting Meditation
Or Sunday Open House – 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

During these two programs you may join or leave as your schedule allows
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/746127106
Donate to support Open House Programming

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Featured Programs

Meditation - The Way of the Buddha: a Six-Week Online Course

January 2nd—February 6th

Learn or refresh your connection to the practice of meditation as taught by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, based on archival talks in the summer of 1974 to an audience of new students. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level 1: The Art of Being Human

January 22nd—January 23rd

The Art of Being Human is the first in a sequence of five weekend retreats. This Shambhala Training Level I weekend program will be hosted by the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York, with four other regional Shambhala Centers participating virtually. Continue »

Meditation in Everyday Life

February 3rd—March 3rd

This course is designed for new and returning meditators looking for an accessible venue to explore and deepen mindfulness-awareness meditation. Meditation in Everyday Life can also serve as an adjunct to the Shambhala Training series. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level 2: Birth of the Warrior

March 11th—March 13th

When we open up to our own genuineness through meditation, we can begin to work directly with our fears. We can meet life's challenging moments, not with distractions and self-aggression, but with courage and confidence. Continue »

Contentment in Everyday Life

March 24th—April 21st

This course is a training in mindfulness and appreciation. By opening to our natural state of being, we begin to feel a simple worthiness that makes life less forced and more enjoyable. Continue » 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 three 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.