Thursday Night Open House

We offer introductory instruction to newcomers and follow-up instruction to other practitioners as part of our Thursday Night Open House program in Seattle.


  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm:  Shamatha (calm abiding) meditation, often with a period of walking meditation in the middle.
  • 6:30 pm:  Free meditation instruction is provided in a separate room.
  • 7:30 – 8:15 pm:  Open House talk. Topics vary, but these talks often provide a basic introduction to the path of meditation and the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. Talks are free and open to the public.

We begin sitting meditation (“shamatha”, which means “calm abiding” or “peaceful abiding”) at 6:30 pm, followed by an Open House Talk at 7:30 and tea around 8:15. You may come only for sitting or just for the talk, as you wish.

Free meditation instruction is offered for new visitors, every Thursday at 6:30 pm. It begins in a separate room so you can ask questions before joining the main group.

On the 3rd Thursday of each month (also at 6:30 pm), in addition to offering beginning meditation instruction, follow-up meditation instruction is available. If you have received instruction, and have questions about the technique or meditation in general, this is an opportunity to receive additional practice information from a trained meditation instructor.

Dress is casual (nothing special)! We have plenty of different types of cushions for different bodies, or you can also sit in a chair. Over time you’ll discover what works best for you.

If you are new to meditation and/or Buddhism, you might like to visit different meditation centers and learn more about what they teach and how they practice. The first time visiting can feel uncomfortable just because it is a new experience, so you might try each place more than once — just to get a good sense of it. When choosing a practice center, pay attention to the state of your mind in the practice space or around the teacher. Trust your experience.

If you have any questions about Open House or meditation, please feel free to contact us.

Find how to get to the Seattle Shambhala Center here.