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Our program with Shastri Gayle Van Gils in August, 2014.

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.

LOCATION: 1899 NE 23rd Ave, Gainesville FL 32609.  Turn at the 23rd Ave. driveway to UF East Campus, but do not drive through the campus gate.  Instead park in the grass on the east side of our building.  Enter the building on the south side.  Go through the gate to the backyard to find our entrance. Exception:  Heart of Recovery meets in a room at the front of the building.  There are two doors facing the 23rd Ave;  use the door on the left.

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PRACTICE: We meet every Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm for meditation, followed by book discussion and social time.  Newcomers are encouraged to come at 6:30pm for basic introduction to Shambhala and meditation.

pema-chodronWe are currently reading and discussing The Wisdom of No Escape by Pema Chodron.  Exception: On January 10th we will practice the Shambhala Sadhana at 8:15 pm.

Additional Practice Sessions:   

Tuesdays 5:30 – 6:30pmHeart of Recovery.  A program open to anyone who is interested in exploring how the path of meditation and the path of recovery intersect.  (to see full description click Ongoing Offerings on the menu above). Heart of Recovery meets in a room at the front of the building.  There are two doors facing 23rd Ave.; enter through the door on the left (there will be a sign on the door).

Thursdays 6:15 pm-7:15 pm (for those not requiring instruction)

Sundays 10:30 am – 12:30 pm (instruction available). One hour of sitting/walking meditation followed by one hour of book study.  Newcomers are encouraged to come at 10 am for basic instruction.

Book Study.  On the first Sunday, we are reading Training the Mind by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.  On the other Sundays, our choice is The Shambhala Principle by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Following practice on the First Sunday, we usually enjoy potluck together or go out for a meal.  On February 5th, we will share potluck and prepare for the Open House from 2 – 4 pm that afternoon.

Please visit our Ongoing Offerings and Classes and Retreats pages as we have several new programs offered including a mala workshop, yoga, Levels IV and V.

See our OPEN HOUSE and RETREAT WEEKEND photos on the Community Page!

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Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Learn about our vision, lineage & community. More →

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Ongoing Offerings

Our centre offers a rich array of ongoing offerings free to the public including weekly public sitting meditation hours and dharma talks. No prior meditation experience required to attend.  All are welcome. More →

Featured Programs

Mala Workshop

with Toni Miller

February 4th

Curious about the meaning, use and making of mala prayer beads? Join us for this creative, informative workshop Continue »

Open House

February 5th

Curious about meditation? What is Shambhala? Bring your curiousity and your questions to our open house. Continue »

Yin Yoga: Winter Series

with Nora Wiser

February 9th—March 16th

A quiet meditative practice that brings balance to the muscular body by passively working and rehabilitating connective tissue and ligaments with gentle traction and breath. Continue »

Mindfulness Yoga: Winter Series

with Nora Wiser

February 9th—March 16th

A progressive hatha yoga class focussed on self discovery. The pace is slow and mindful and will challenge each participant at their own level. Continue »

Awakened Heart: Level IV Shambhala Training

with Paula Bickford

February 10th—February 12th

With trust in basic goodness we can extend ourselves fully to others with kindness and gentleness. Continue »