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.

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

Regional Programs

Programs for Great Lakes Region

Madison Shambhala Center

Essential Heart of Kasungship

with Marian Slaughter

October 14th—November 11th

Tuesday evenings 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm: Kasung are members of the Shambhala community devoted to extending their meditation practice to benefit others through action. This class introduces the "Protector Principle" and may be taken by the curious without com Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Basic Goodness II: How Can I Help?

with Shastri Shelley Heinz

October 20th—November 24th

This program focuses on relationship and society. It is an exploration of the nature of society and what it might mean to help our world with teachings in bodhichitta, communication, virtue and how society arises as an expression of interconnectedness. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Contentment in Everyday Life (CIEL)

with Dr. Janice Glowski & Chaplain Hellen Newland

October 20th—December 1st

Monday evening course: This introductory class offers an exploration of mindfulness meditation, focused on incorporating gentleness and fearlessness into our lives. Open to the public. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Group of WNY Southtowns

Meditation in Everyday Life Course

with Craig Zink & Jean Marie Gunner

October 22nd—November 19th - Date cancelled

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Contentment in Everyday Life

October 22nd—November 19th

Much of the time we search for contentment in things, achievements or relationships. In meditation practice, we relax with ourselves and appreciate simple human experiences. Difficult emotions and life challenges can be met with gentleness and mindfulnes Continue »

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

Fall Retreat - a Shambhala Buddhist Week-long meditation

October 24th—October 31st

Cultivate peace for the coming year; take a week of silent retreat in the fall landscape of Wisconsin to nurture your mind and spirit. Everyone welcome! Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Shambhala Sadhana

October 30th

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 »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group


November 1st—December 30th

Learning to work with our anxiety, we are not blocked by fear. Through the Buddhist teachings of mind and the nature of reality, we learn to see clearly. The meditator, open to uncertainty, goes beyond the emotions of hope and fear to experience equanim Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Birth of the Warrior (Shambhala Training - Level II)

with James Drescher

November 1st—November 2nd

[NOTE a schedule change.] Having experienced meditation practice and our own inherent goodness, we want to go forward. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. We begin to appreciate that there is no fund Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Learn To Meditate

November 1st

Ideal for beginners as well as students who want to work on stabilizing their meditation, this half day program gives you the essential techniques and reasons for meditation practice in everyday life. Continue »

What's New Here in Buffalo?

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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