“Sangha” is the Sanskrit term for “community of practitioners” – one of the three jewels of Buddhism. The Shambhala Meditation Center of Providence is home to a wonderfully diverse community who share a genuine connection to contemplative practice and the aspiration to realize a more wakeful, sane society. Friends and members of the Shambhala Group are welcome to attend celebrations, practice events, meetings and gatherings of special interest groups.

How does one participate in the Shambhala community?

Meditation Practice
Whatever has drawn us to the meditation tradition, whether it was a friend’s suggestion, a book by Pema Chodron, or any other auspicious coincidence, the first step in participating in the Shambhala Community is attending group meditation sessions. Group meditation practice is one of our most basic and most important community activities. Each session is an opportunity to experience the power and joy of coming together, however briefly, as a community of practitioners. Group practice not only encourages our individual meditation practice but also supports others in their practice and helps build a thriving practice community. Check our Weekly Introductory Programs for ongoing opportunities for group practice.

Programs include the Thursday night Awake Providence series, The Way of Shambhala curriculum, Shambhala Training weekends, Contemplative Arts training’s and various other offerings. These are all heightened opportunities to discover the value of community practice and study while deepening one’s own understanding and experience.

Community Celebrations
The Shambhala community comes together in many ways — to practice, to learn, to serve others . . . and to celebrate! By joining spiritual practice with the practicalities, challenges and joys of everyday life, we aspire to create a society that expresses the dignity of human experience. Learn more about Shambhala celebrations…

Participating in the greater Shambhala Community

Shambhala Resources
Shambhala International – information about meditation, Shambhala, teachings, and a full listing of Shambhala centers worldwide Our Lineage – about Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and acharyas (senior teachers)

Shambhala Retreat Centers
Karme Choling in Barnet, VT
Sky Lake Lodge in Rosendale, NY
Dorje Denma Ling in Nova Scotia, Canada
Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes, CO
Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, Canada
Dechen Choling in Mas Marvent, France