Spark your heart and mind through meditation

The Seattle Shambhala Meditation Center is a vibrant community with a warm approach to the study and practice of meditation.  We provide instruction in mindfulness-awareness meditation for beginners and for experienced practitioners, a diverse variety of evening and weekend programs and group meditation sessions.  We offer tools to help discover greater compassion, confidence, wisdom and joy in our day-to-day life.

The Shambhala teachings offer a way to extend our personal transformation for the benefit of society as a whole.  We discover the wisdom, sanity and goodness within our seemingly complex and chaotic minds, and the inherent goodness in the world around us.

Our Center is located in the Madison valley neighborhood of Seattle.  We also offer programs in Ballard, Pioneer Square, West Seattle, the Eastside, Issaquah, Edmonds, and Tacoma .

You are warmly invited to join us!

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What is Shambhala?

Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Learn about our vision, lineage & community.



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Pema Chodron

Pema Chödrön is one of the most prominent Buddhist teachers in the West. She is widely known for her charming and down-to-earth teachings. She is an ordained nun, author, and senior teacher (achraya) in Shambhala. More →



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Locations

We offer public meditation, instruction, discussion groups, and more at locations around the greater Seattle area including in Ballard, Pioneer Square, West Seattle, the Eastside, Edmonds, and Tacoma. More →

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Getting Started:

There are many ways to get acquainted with Shambhala Buddhism and the people at the Seattle Center.  Join us for an Open House with meditation instruction, a dharma talk and social time on Thursday evenings or Sunday mornings. More →



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Ongoing Programs

Our center offers a rich array of ongoing programs free to the public including weekly public sitting meditation hours and dharma talks. No prior meditation experience required to attend.  All are welcome. More →



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Membership

The Seattle Shambhala Meditation Center is a member supported organization. Membership is a way to express appreciation for what Shambhala provides and help make it available to others. Learn more about getting involved.

 

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    Can We Talk?

    by Larry Steele — What do you care about? Global warming? GMO foods? Hunger and poverty? Learning how to “do something” about the big questions that speak to us is an essential teaching on the Shambhala Buddhist path. An example of this energy was evident during the Harvest of Peace celebration at Seattle Shambhala. A … Continue 

 

Featured Programs

Children's Day Solstice Celebration

December 21st

Each December we gather to celebrate our community & our children as bright reminders of the unquenchable light of basic goodness. Come experience the delightful expression of children's wisdom & one another's company, and be reminded of your good heart. Continue »

Community/Deepening Weekend

December 27th—December 28th

Community/Deepening weekends are a time to deepen our connections and practice together. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I

with Acharya Jenny Warwick

January 9th—January 11th (2015)

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Open to everyone. Continue »

Kalapa Ikebana: The Art of Flower Arranging

with Shelley Pierce

January 21st (2015)

Kalapa Ikebana is a practice that combines traditional teachings of Japanese flower arranging with mindfulness awareness practice. Open to everyone. Continue »

Sacred Path: Meek

with Shastri Rayna Jacobson

January 30th—February 1st (2015)

Meek is a study of the grounded, humble and gentle beginning stages of the warrior's journey. As the second of the four dignities, Perky focuses on cultivating sharp, vibrant and uplifted energy through natural discipline. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level II

with Janet Bass

February 6th—February 8th (2015)

Building on the meditation practice learned in Level I and having had a taste of basic goodness, we now examine the habitual tendencies and defense mechanisms which we use to mask our fear. Continue »

Kalapa Ikebana: The Art of Flower Arranging

with Shelley Pierce

February 11th (2015)

Kalapa Ikebana is a practice that combines traditional teachings of Japanese flower arranging with mindfulness awareness practice. Open to everyone. Continue »

Vajrayana Weekthün -- Extraordinary Perception: The Practice of Sacred World

with Acharya Richard John

February 21st—February 27th (2015)

This practice intensive for Shambhala tantrikas will introduce a powerful 
new text by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Continue »

Kalapa Ikebana: The Art of Flower Arranging

with Shelley Pierce

March 4th (2015)

Kalapa Ikebana is a practice that combines traditional teachings of Japanese flower arranging with mindfulness awareness practice. Open to everyone. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level III

with Alan Ness

March 13th—March 15th (2015)

Developing the bravery to step outside our cocoon, we begin to experience direct sense perceptions and an openness to the outside world. Based on fearlessness cultivated from meditation practice, the warrior meets the world with delight. Continue »