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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.

We are moving! As of Thursday evening, August 18th, 2016 we’ll be meeting at our new location: 737 Delaware Avenue, Suite 116. We hope to see you there.

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 are happy to be a part of this rich and diverse region, including the various local meditation and mindfulness 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 to search for programs being offered at other centers.

SIT, WALK, WRITE: A Contemplative Writing Retreat

with Pat Pendleton

October 23rd

Inspired by The True Secret of Writing:Connecting Life with Language. This writing retreat is very simple. Sit for 10 minutes. Walk for 10 minutes. Write for 10 minutes. Read what we have written aloud and listen to others. Begin the cycle again. Continue »

FALL BOOK GROUP : The Road Home by Ethan Nichtern

with Pat Pendleton

November 7th—November 21st

FALL BOOK GROUP : The Road Home - A contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path. Explore this wise and witty invitation to Buddhist meditation by Ethan Nichtern, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Full Moon Practice (NOV. 2016)

November 15th

In 2011, The Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche composed the Shambhala Sadhana for the international Shambhala sangha. This sadhana provides an opportunity to refresh our faith in our own basic goodness and the basic goodness of humanity. Continue »

Miksang: Level 1 - Opening the Good Eye (Fall 2016)

with Jennifer Fendya & Trudy Stern

November 19th—November 20th

The Miksang Level 1 introduces a form of contemplative photography. Miksang is a Tibetan word that translates as "Good Eye". Continue »

Learn to Meditate

with Jose Rodriguez & Jenny Bruce

December 10th

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 our new website at for the latest local programs and updates or find us on Facebook . You can also visit the Miksang Society's main website at The Miksang Society for Contemplative Photography is centered in nearby Toronto!

Regional Programs

Programs for Great Lakes USA Region

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Sadhana of Mahamudra

January 9th—December 29th

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 »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Shambhala Sadhana Full Moon Practice

January 21st—December 13th

These Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Practices are open to our entire sangha community, Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Council Meeting

April 18th—November 21st

Our bimonthly Council meeting wlll be held on this night. All are welcome to attend and observe the meeting. If you would like to suggest an item for the agenda, please email it to [email protected] Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Be Grateful To Everyone: An In Depth Guide to the Practice of Lojong

with Scott Kamilar

September 28th—November 9th

Awakened Wednesdays returns with a new format September 28! Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Essential Heart of Kasungship: Part 1

October 1st—November 5th

Open to all. We will explore the basic practices of the Dorje Kasung, a path of service within the Shambhala community charged with maintaining a container of wakefulness in which the teaching and practice of meditation can occur. Continue »

Matteson Shambhala Meditation Group

Joy in Everyday Life

October 5th—November 2nd

Joy in Everyday Life will explore the Shambhala teachings on cheerfulness and compassion. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Supplication to the Lineage

with Walker Blaine & Shastri Gary Heinz

October 12th—October 26th

This three-part course is for individuals and groups wishing to look more deeply at the Supplication to the Shambhala Lineage, one of the most important chants in the Shambhala tradition. Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Sarah Flint & Kaylen Nique

October 18th—November 15th

Meditation in Everyday Life, the first class in The Way of Shambhala series, is open to everyone and introduces students to peaceful abiding meditation while offering practical suggestions for developing a meditation practice at home. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of a Warrior

with Bill Hebbert

October 21st—October 23rd

In the Level II weekend program, we focus on deepening the meditation practice through the cultivation of contentment and simplicity. Continue »

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

Relax, Renew, Rejuvenate

with Frank Fischer

October 21st—October 23rd

Please Join us for a weekend of meditation, walks, reading, star gazing and relaxation with Frank Fischer. Frank structures these weekends with the intention of helping people learn to slow down and relax in a healthy way-he offers a number of skillful t 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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    So Many Dharma Books So Little Time

    “To understand the context of the Awake-ist teachings in the twenty-first century, we have to recognize a very recent historical development: escape from society is now almost impossible,” writes Ethan Nichtern. Just the other day, I was pondering the notion of “going off the grid,” but the actuality of that these days is slim. The … Continue 

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    Fall Enrichment Programs

    After six weeks in our new home, settling in seems to be an ongoing process that calls upon us to exercise exertion and effort. Steven Clookey has been working to creating a larger shrine to accommodate the more spacious meditation hall. We had an inspiring conversation with Shastri Debbie McCubbin when she visited last month. … Continue