Spark your heart and mind through the practice of meditation

Shambhala Vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature can be developed in daily life so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society.

The Shambhala Meditation Group of Buffalo has evolved since 1999 and became an official member of Shambhala International in June 2009.

Our Buffalo group is bound by both Lake Erie and the Niagara River. The waterfront city is also just twenty miles from Niagara Falls and home to several colleges, universities, museums and parks…as well as a growing arts community.

We meet in the historic Allentown neighborhood at the The C.G. Jung Center’s victorian-era home. This location is distinguished by a three hundred year old sycamore tree that is reported to be the oldest tree in Buffalo. We are happy to be a part of this rich and diverse community, including the network of other local buddhist meditation groups.

Our Western New York sister group is located just south of Buffalo in the Southtowns. We coordinate program offerings with them to offer members greater options to expand our community. You can visit their site by clicking here.

Upcoming Meditation Sessions

Featured Programs in Buffalo

Learn More about Meditation, Further your Practice The following programs and classes will be offered at the Shambhala Meditation Group of Buffalo. While some classes have prerequisites, others are open to the public. You can also visit Shambhala.org to search for programs being offered at other centers.

Learn to Meditate - Summer 2014

with Steven Clookey & Jose Rodriguez

August 3rd

Learn to Meditate is taught by a pair of our highly trained and qualified instructors, this half-day (3 hour) program suitable for beginners, as well as anyone who would like to refresh their understanding of the technique. Continue »

Contemplative Arts : Miksang Photography

Shambhala is a Creative Community

Miksang is a Tibetan word that means “good eye.” A contemplative art, it is based directly on the Dharma Art teachings of the late meditation master, artist and scholar, Chögyam Trungpa, specifically by his teachings on the nature of perception. The “good” refers to our world, just as it is, is inherently rich and vivid. The “eye” reference is that in working with the practice of contemplative photography, we can tune into these qualities of our world.

Please visit www.miksang.org
The Miksang Society for Contemplative Photography is centered in nearby Toronto!

Regional Programs

Programs for Great Lakes Region

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Sadhana of Mahamudra

March 26th—October 9th

The Sadhana of Mahamudra is a practice written by Chögyam Trungpa, founder of Shambhala, which addresses overcoming obstacles and materialism in life. This practice is open to all. Continue »

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Dr. Rebecca McAllister

June 25th—July 23rd

Contentment can be hard to find. Much of the time we search for contentment in things, achievements or relationships. With meditation practice, we relax with ourselves and appreciate simple human experiences. Difficult emotions and challenges of life can Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Meditation in Everyday Life (Eastside)

with Fred Schwieg, Robert Carterette, Cathy Doerrman

June 25th—July 23rd

Deepen your practice and understanding of meditation with this five-week evening course that focuses on integrating meditation into day-to-day life. Excellent for beginners. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Lojong: Training the Mind of Compassion

with Deborah Zarate & Sarah Osborne

July 2nd—July 30th

Lojong is training in the mind of compassion. As our relationships often trigger deep emotion, lojong practice helps us transform our deep-seated reactive patterns into compassion, intelligence and peace into our relationships. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Yoga at Shambhala

July 6th—August 10th

Yoga At Shambhala is an opportunity to experience the interconnection of body, breath and sitting. This series of yoga classes, taught by professional yoga instructors, is open to all experience levels - novice to veteran. Chair yoga is available. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Diversity - Continuing the Discussion

July 23rd

Join us 7:00 – 9:00 pm on Wednesday June 23rd as we explore the meaning of diversity in the context of our Center and contemplate ways in which we can increase diversity together as a practicing community. Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group


July 27th

Sangha Potluck Sunday, July 27, noon -- 3:00pm The potlucks are an ideal opportunity for Shambhalians to develop community by enjoying each other’s company in a relaxed setting with no program. Please register. Continue »

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

Activating the Global Heart-Mind

July 28th—July 30th

At a time of converging crises and inspiring developments, more and more people are realizing that a major planetary shift is underway. With so much at stake, it becomes crucial to understand the deeper dynamics, and possible implications, of our pivotal Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Shambhala Sadhana

July 31st

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm: As a group practice, the Shambhala Sadhana is open to everyone who has received the reading transmission (lung), and taken the Enlightened Society Vow. Continue »

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

Summer Meditation Retreat sponsored by Queer Dharma

with Alice Dan & Jon Feller

August 1st—August 8th

Enjoy two to seven days of a meditation retreat with light yoga in rural Wisconsin that will help you relax, connect with yourself and others.  All are welcome - talks will be on meditation and will also address experiences of exclusion and inclusion. Continue »

What's New Here in Buffalo?

Find Out What 's New at the Shambhala Meditation Group of Buffalo take a look attour most current blog posts. Is there anything you would like to contribute? A book review, a poem? Let us know.

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    How can you help? Glad you asked…

    The Shambhala Meditation Group of Buffalo is seeking practitioners of all levels of experience to help with various aspects of the group. We could use help with basic things like setting up for open house, flower arranging, tea service, or sprucing up the environment before a course. If you have experience  with accounting, organizational management, or anything that … Continue 

  • Comfortable with Uncertainty

    Comfortable with Uncertainty

    As part of our weekly meditation sessions we will be reading and contemplating a chapter from Pema Chodron’s wonderful book Comfortable with Uncertainty, 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion. The following description comes from Shambhala Publications: This book offers short, stand-alone readings designed to help us cultivate compassion and awareness amid the challenges of daily … Continue