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. Exceptions:  Heart of Recovery and Yoga with Kim meet in the meditation hall at the front of the building.  There are two doors facing 23rd Ave;  use the door on the left.

Holiday Hours

Center closed:  December 23 – January 1, 2020

(exception:  Heart of Recovery will meet on December 24th)


Sunday, December 15, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Join us following our regular Sunday morning practice for a community potluck lunch followed by a discussion of next year’s budget, goals, projects and the seating of 2020 council members. 
Please attend.  Quorum needed!


We meet every Tuesday from 7 pm to 9 pm for meditation, followed by book discussion and social time.    We are currently reading and discussing Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.  You do not have to have the book to participate.  We have copies to share.  On the Tuesday closest to the full moon, instead of book discussion, we practice the Shambhala Sadhana, a long chant inviting contemplation about the basic goodness of self, groups and society.  Meditation Instruction: Newcomers are encouraged to come at 6:30pm for basic introduction to Shambhala and meditation. (Closed for holidays: Dec 23-31; no practice on Dec 24 and 31)


Sunday 10:30 am – 12:30 pm  –  Community Practice.  One hour of sitting/walking meditation followed by one hour of book study.  We are currently reading The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path by Ethan Nichtern.  You do not have to own this book; we have copies to share.  Newcomers please arrive at 10:00 am. (Center closed for holidays: Dec 23 – Jan 1)

Tuesday 5:45 – 6:45 pmHeart of Recovery.  A program open to anyone who is interested in exploring how the pa1899 NE 23rd of meditation and the path of recovery intersect.  (to see full description click Ongoing Offerings on the menu above). Heart of Recovery meets in the meditation hall 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). Heart of Recovery will meet on December 24.

Wednesday  6:00-7:30 pm – Gentle Yoga with Kim.  Explore bringing awareness within using gentle yoga stretches that unite the mind, body and breath.  Learn to relax tight muscles and release tension. Please bring a yoga mat. Everyone  — including newcomers — welcome. This class meets in the meditation hall at the front of the building.  Enter through the door facing 23rd Ave Fee is $10. (Holiday schedule:  no class Dec. 25, Jan. 1)

Thursday  6:30 pm-8:30 pm (January 2 – February 13; no class on January 16) Year of Compassion, Part III:  Fearless Garuda: Emptiness and Absolute Bodhicitta

This is the third course of the four-part series exploring the Shambhala Mahayana teaching. The power of the Mahayana comes from its clarity regarding the true nature of reality. This clarity is described as penetrating insight (prajna), that sees that the world is actually different from what we habitually think it is. Instead of assuming that beings, objects and systems are solid, truly existing independently, the bodhisattva sees that everything is empty of concepts and reference points (shunyata).

The course includes:

    • Recorded talks by an Acharya followed by a live discussion facilitated by Steve and Laura Simmons
    • Readings and book suggestions to deepen our understanding of these teachings
    • Contemplations to help us integrate these fundamental teachings into our daily lives
    • A suggested practice schedule incorporating Shamatha, tonglen and contemplation.
    • Pricing:  Regular Price: $99 members; $125 non-members. To register click here.


Friday 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Queer & Trans Dharma. You are welcome to join us in this true community of acceptance, as we support each other’s journeys to full embodiment. There will be meditation, followed by discussion.  Newcomers, please plan to arrive at 6:45 pm.  For more information, please contact Amber Paxton: [email protected] or 352-514-6303. (Holiday schedule:  no practice December 27)

For more information about our ongoing offerings, please click on Ongoing Offerings at the top of this page or click here

Classes and Retreats

Some of our upcoming programs are featured in the column at the right.  To see a full list of all our scheduled classes and retreats, please click on the Classes and Retreats tab at the top of this page or click here.

Dharma Movie Night

We gather occasionally to enjoy dharma movies, good discussions and good food (potluck) at the home of  Steve and Laura Simmons: 3612 NW 63rd Place, Gainesville FL.  Please check this site for notice of our next film.

  Sangha Wish List

This list contains items that Gainesville Shambhala is seeking in order to fix-up and maintain our new building, and create a beautiful space in which to practice the Shambhala Vision. You can either purchase any of the items OR donate any used ones you may have. We are grateful for any help you can provide and we appreciate your kindness and generosity.  Please let us know if you need to make arrangements to drop off a donation.  Our shipping address is:  7711 SW 103rd Ave., Gainesville Fl, 32608-7221

                                   Amazon Smile

Thank you to all who are signing up for “Shambhala Gainesville, Inc.” as your designated charity in the Amazon Smile program.  To help facilitate this, here’s the actual link.



New to Shambhala?

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 →

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

Death Cafe

with Shastri Brett Ferrigan

December 19th

If we knew that we would die tomorrow, are we prepared? Might addressing our fears about death, help us live a more mindful, appreciative life? Continue »

Fearless Garuda: Emptiness and Absolute Bodhichitta

January 2nd—February 13th (2020)

The power of the Mahayana comes from its clarity regarding the true nature of reality. This clarity is described as penetrating insight (prajna), that sees that the world is actually different from what we habitually think it is. The bodhisattva sees that Continue »

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

with Shastri Brett Ferrigan

January 6th—February 17th (2020)

Often described as a gentle “boot camp” for mindfulness training, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight-class series, focusing on building strength and flexibility within life’s changes and transitions. Continue »

Birth of a Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II

with Shastri Brett Ferrigan

January 17th—January 19th (2020)

Having experienced a taste of basic 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 fundamental obstacle to experiencing basic goodness. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

with Jean McCullough

January 25th (2020)

Please join us for a morning, afternoon, or all-day session. Each half-day session will offer a systematic introduction to the practice of meditation, both sitting and walking. There will be an opportunity to learn, practice and discuss your experience wi Continue »