Spark your heart and mind

through the practice of meditation

Shambhala is based on trust in human dignity. We offer a path of meditation practice and contemplative arts oriented towards modern life. Our communities around the world cultivate kindness, bravery, and genuine dialogue. Our vision is to inspire compassionate, sustainable, and just human societies.



We are cautiously resuming in-person gatherings beginning  June 1, 2021, with our Tuesday Open Sitting Practice following safety protocols. We plan to make most gatherings a hybrid experience to serve both online and in-person participants, but purchasing and installing the requisite hardware will take a few months.   We will post updates as we continue to re-open the center.

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Tuesday from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Join us for meditation practice followed by a book discussion or a special practice.  On June 1, you may join us in-person– as well as online — as we begin our soft re-opening with this practice from 7pm to 9 pm.

Sunday from 10:30am to 12:30pm.  Join us online for meditation and book discussion.  Beginners are encouraged and welcome to come for instruction at 9:30 am.   Learn to Meditate is offered the first Sunday of each month and features a dharma talk following practice instead of book discussion. 

HEART OF RECOVERY (ONLINE) Every Tuesday 5:45-6:45 pm.

QUEER & TRANS DHARMA (ONLINE)  Friday 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  Meditation, followed by book study/discussion.  Newcomers, please plan to arrive at 6:45 pm.

MELANIN MEDITATION (ONLINE) 1st and 3rd Saturdays  10:30 – 11:30 am.  Racial minorities of all backgrounds can explore the healing benefits of meditation.


Allegations of Past Sexual Conduct and Resulting Care & Conduct Policies

This is a period of many changes:  the Corona Virus pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, the marginalization of many minority voices, and on-going sexual misconduct investigations in the Shambhala world.  Some of these issues involve basic human decency.  Others are more complex and require much discussion and contemplation.  Please see our sangha’s statements, policies and lists of resources about these matters 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.

  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.

Member updates requested

If you are moving out of the area and transferring you membership to another sangha, or if you are adjusting your monthly dues payment, please notify our membership coordinator.






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

How Can I Help? Basic Goodness 2 (ONLINE)

with Dr. Jan Snyder

July 12th—August 16th

This second course in the Basic Goodness series explores our relationship with others, our aspirations to help our world and specific aspects of social transformation. The course focuses on four aspects of society: relations with family, our professional Continue »

Your Life Matters with Dr. K.A. Shakoor (Anytime: Self-guided)

January 1st (2022)

Welcome to Your Life Matters, a series of talks on anti-racism and Buddhist teachings by Dr. K. A. Shakoor. Continue »