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.  Important:  Building closed until further notice. 




As a precaution and for the safety of our members and visitors, we are closing the building until April 1.  We will continue our regularly scheduled practices online.  Please join us by clicking on the ZOOM links (or dialing in on your mobile) for the following:

Sunday Practice and Book Study at 10:30 am

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On April 1, Steve Simmons will host Learn to Meditate at 10 am and present a dharma talk after practice: Sacred World.

This talk explores the meaning of sacredness in our world, how we might access it, and what benefit such an understanding can bring.  Sacredness in Shambhala is never separate from us and the way we lead our lives.  It is naturally tied to our presence, our dignity, and our sense of decorum.

Tuesday Heart of Recovery at 5:45 pm beginning March 24

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Tuesday Practice and Book Study at 7 pm

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Friday Queer and Trans Dharma at 7 pm

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If you would like individual meditation instruction, please email us at [email protected]  and a meditation instructor will contact you. Or join the Learn to Meditate group on the First Sunday of the month at 10 am.


When you join a ZOOM practice session, please close all other programs on your computer and maximize the video to full screen. During a practice session, you should be in “speaker view” mode which means that the words “gallery view” are showing in the upper right of your screen.  During a group discussion, you should be in “gallery view” (little Hollywood-square type boxes) which means the words “speaker view” show up in the upper right of your screen.  (You’ll note that speaker view and gallery view are invitation prompts, not descriptions of what you’re seeing.)

Please “mute” unless you are the speaker.  Because of the way ZOOM is designed, there can be only one speaker at a time.  Group speak sounds like chaos.  Therefore, one designated person will lead chants and everyone else should participate while MUTED.  (NOTE:  If you do not mute yourself, the host may mute you).

During silent sitting sessions, please find a quiet location and sit on your meditation chair or a cushion.  Close your other electronic devices.  Give yourself the gift of this time to practice without distraction.

Please be respectful of your fellow sangha members.  It can be challenging to practice together online.  It helps if you keep your backgrounds simple, and limit your movements while on camera.



COMMUNITY PRACTICE (Building closed until further notice.  Join us online for scheduled practices.  See notice above.)

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. Building closed until further notice.  Join us online: click here

Sunday 10:30 am – 12:30 pm  –  Community Practice.  One hour of sitting/walking meditation followed by one hour of book study.  Beginning in February, we will be reading In Love with the World: A Monk’s Journey through the Bardos of Living and Dying by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche.   You do not have to own this book; we have copies to share.  Newcomers please arrive at 10:00 am. Building closed until further notice.  Join us online: click here

New in 2020!  First Sunday:  Learn to Meditate:  On the first Sunday of the Month, we offer meditation instruction at 10 am and a dharma talk following practice.  All are welcome.

On April 1, Steve Simmons will present: Sacred World.

This talk explores the meaning of sacredness in our world, how we might access it, and what benefit such an understanding can bring.  Sacredness in Shambhala is never separate from us and the way we lead our lives.  It is naturally tied to our presence, our dignity, and our sense of decorum.



 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). Building closed until further notice. Join us online:  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.  Building closed until further notice — upcoming meetings online  click here.

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

Sacred Path: Outrageous & Inscrutable (ONLINE)

with Shastri Will Ryken

April 4th—April 5th

The dignities of outrageous and inscrutable describe how the warrior's skill develops as the cocoon completely falls away. No longer afraid of making mistakes, the unconventional and visionary perspective of outrageous (the garuda) combines with the skill Continue »

Warrior in the World: Shambhala Training Level III (ONLINE)

with Jan Snyder

April 24th—April 25th

Developing fearlessness by examining our habitual tendencies, we are willing to experience our life without relying on the cocoon. We begin to engage the world directly and extend the attitude of fearlessness to our activities. Continue »

Fearless Garuda: Emptiness and Absolute Bodhichitta (ONLINE)

May 14th—June 18th

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 »