Ongoing Offerings

Our center offers a rich array of regular gatherings that are open to the public. No prior meditation experience is required to attend. Most programs offer meditation instruction upon request. We are handicapped accessible, please call or email so that we can arrange elevator access. Public meditation and meditation instructor are always free. Other sessions have a $5-10 donation requested.  Check the Center Calendar to find specific dates and meeting times

30s and Under Meditation Group

Join us weekly for meditation, group discussion and social time with other young meditators. Meditation instruction is provided for anyone new to the practice. We will discuss a variety of topics including how to integrate Shambhala Buddhist meditation teachings and practice into our daily lives, and how we can support each other in community. We will explore readings by a variety of authors including Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and Pema Chödron. Come enjoy practice, good company, and yummy snacks with other fun folks!

Community Gathering/Open House

Join us for our monthly Open House. At 10am, we begin with sitting and walking meditation (those new to meditation can receive instruction from 9:30 – 10:00am). After a brief break, at 11am there is a talk by a senior student with discussion. At 12pm, we gather in the Community Room for refreshments and socializing.

Public Sitting Meditation

Join us for sitting and walking meditation. Sitting begins with traditional chants, followed by alternating sitting and walking meditation periods, and sometimes a brief reading. Although best experienced in its entirety, participants are free to arrive and depart at any time. See the monthly calendar for current public sitting times.

Social Justice Group

The Social Justice Group at Pioneer Valley Shambhala Center was formed in 2015 to consider inclusion and diversity at Pioneer Valley Shambhala, Shambhala worldwide, and in society. The group focuses on the role of meditation, compassion, and social action to address inequality, violence, privilege, racism, and aggression in our world, with the view to promoting Basic Goodness and Enlightened Society. More>>