About PVSC

About Pioneer Valley Shambhala Center 

Individuals connect with Pioneer Valley Shambhala Center for a variety of reasons. Many want to develop a meditation practice to tame and clarify restless minds. Others want to cultivate a connection to the Shambhala path of personal and societal transformation. Many of us simply want to belong to a community of like-minded meditators with shared values of kindness and caring. At the heart of everything we do is the principle that human beings are basically good. Experience shows that through the practice of meditation and study, we can actualize our basic goodness in daily life, so that it radiates out into all of our actions, relationships and society at large.

Pioneer Valley Shambhala Center is one of more than 150 Shambhala Centres and Groups, located in major cities, towns, and rural settings in over 30 different countries, which are comprised by Shambhala Global Services

Open to all

Everyone, whether a member, friend, course participant, or just checking things out, is welcome to participate in open sitting and discussion sessions, classes and programs, and social gatherings. Some courses and trainings have prerequisites.  Because the Center is nonprofit and entirely volunteer-run, we do ask that when you participate, you make some donation, commensurate with your budget, towards our rent and expenses.  Volunteering (link to volunteer form) to help out with events, etc. is also welcome.  

Friends and Members of Shambhala 

The monthly contributions of Friends and Members are the foundation of the Center’s ability to pay the bills and keep the Center running, so that it will still be around next year, and the year after that.  If you’ve been coming to the Center and have benefitted from the connections you’ve made to people, the practices or the studies, you might consider supporting the Center with a monthly donation, as a Friend of PVSC. (Link to form for monthly subscriptions) For details about Membership, look here: (Link to page about Membership)  

Mission Statement

PVSC is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to cultivating personal and societal sanity, clarity, and compassion through the study and practice of the Buddhadharma in the Shambhala tradition.  

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Covid 19 Policy:  As of May 1, 2023, masks are available and we respond to masking requests, but no protocol is being followed systematically. Persons who test positive for Covid within a week of attending an event at the Center are asked to notify PVSC at [email protected]. Note that there are 3 air filters running during all of our programming!