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

WEDNESDAYS, 7 – 8:30 pm Shambhala Wednesday Night
THURSDAYS, 5:30 – 6:30 pm Open Sitting Meditation
SUNDAYS, 10 – 11:30 am Open Sitting Meditation


Featured Programs

Monthly Meditation Workshop - First Wednesdays

January 2nd—December 4th

Pioneer Valley Shambhala Center offers a regular monthly meditation workshop for both new and experienced meditators. Continue »

Third Wednesday Maitri (metta ) Practice

March 20th—December 18th

In the practice of maitri (or in Pali, metta,) we cultivate (bhavana) loving-kindness (maitri) towards ourselves and others. Continue »

Reflections on Silver River: Part 2

with Mark Seibold, Elizabeth Peterson, Joe Arak

September 28th—December 3rd

Continuing our study of Tokmey Zangpo’s famous Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva, we resume our verse-by-verse reading and discussion of his profound contemplations on how to engage the bodhisattva path of working for the benefit of others. Continue »

Heart Sūtra Retreat: The Inseparability of Appearance and Emptiness

with Elizabeth Peterson & Mark Seibold

October 18th—October 19th

Renowned and beloved throughout the Mahāyāna (Great Vehicle) Buddhist world, The Heart Sūtra is esteemed both for its pithy expression of emptiness, the ground of all phenomena, and its implicit summary of the path. Continue »

Golden Key - The Shambhala Sacred Path

with Susan Ryan

November 9th—November 11th

This program is based on the Shambhala text “The Letter of the Golden Key,” which addresses our relationship to our sense perceptions and the material world around us. 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. Our community is experiencing deep heartbreak and confusion at the news of sexual misconduct and abuse of power by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Shambhala’s lineage holder, as well as questions of accountability among his inner circle.

While we are engaged in a process of discerning how to relate to the upheaval and transformation of the international organization of Shambhala, 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.