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.


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.