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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.


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-chodronBeginning June 14th we will be reading and discussing The Wisdom of No Escape by Pema Chodron.  Exception: On December 13th 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 6:15pm-7:15pm (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.

On the first Sunday of the month, we are reading Training the Mind by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.  This is also a social day. Following practice, we either enjoy pot luck or go out to eat at a nearby restaurant.  Check here for updates.  On the other Sundays, we are reading The Shambhala Principle by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Holiday updates: There will be no practice and the center will be closed on December 25th and January 1st.  Our First Sunday practice is 2017 will be January 8th.

Please visit our Ongoing Offerings and Classes and Retreats pages as we have several new programs offered.

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

Sunday Meditation Practice

November 20th—January 15th (2017)

Sitting/walking practice followed by book reading/discussion. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana

with Nora Wiser

December 13th

Please join our full moon gathering for this beautiful practice composed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche on the basic goodness of self, others, and society. Continue »


January 7th (2017)

Deepen your practice! Join us for a day of walking, sitting and contemplation meditation practice. Everyone welcome! Continue »

Mindfulness Yoga: Winter Series

with Nora Wiser

February 2nd—March 9th (2017)

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 »

Mala Workshop

with Toni Miller

February 4th (2017)

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