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 the meditation hall at the front of the building.  There are two doors facing 23rd Ave;  use the door on the left.


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.  Meditation Instruction:   Newcomers are encouraged to come at 6:30pm for basic introduction to Shambhala and meditation.


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.

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).

Wednesday (August 28 – October 9) 6:00-7:30 pm – Gentle Yoga.  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.  Click here to register. Cost for the series is $50.  Drop-in fee is $10.  (Note: No class on September 25)

Thursday (September 26 – October 24) 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. The Joyful Snow Lion: The Paramitas.   The second of the  four-part series exploring the Shambhala Mahayana called the Year of Compassion begins on September 26th.  No prerequisite.

The Joyful Snow Lion: the Paramitas is an exploration of Relative Bodhicitta and how we put our aspiration into action with the practice of the Paramitas.The Paramitas course includes Tonglen instruction in an audio talk by Acharya Pema Chodron, as well as:

      • 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. Register 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: or 352-514-6303. 

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.


The Art of Being Human (Level 1)  – Friday evening October 18 and all-day Saturday October 19 (new times!) with guest teacher Mary Sehlinger click here

Is Enlightened Society Possible? – November 1-2 (public talk Friday evening) with Dr. Shanté Smalls click here

Dharma Movie Night

We gather occasionally to enjoy recorded dharma movies, good discussions and good food (potluck). Information will be posted here when the next dharma movie night is scheduled.

  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

Year of Compassion: The Paramitas

September 26th—October 24th

The Paramitas, is the second course of the four-part series exploring the Shambhala Mahayana teachings. This 5-week course includes Tonglen instruction and an audio talk by Acharya Pema Chodron, recorded talks by Shambhala Acharyas, readings,discussion. Continue »

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

with Mary Sehlinger

October 18th—October 19th

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Continue »

Is Enlightened Society Possible?

with Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls

November 1st—November 2nd

Shambhala is committed to manifesting as an enlightened society. What does that mean for the individual? for a community? for our role in the world at large? How do we find basic goodness in a political climate of misogyny, racism, homophobia? Come and Continue »

Tough Skin, Tender Heart: A Retreat for Queer and Trans People

with Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls

November 3rd

The queer and trans community is invited to join Dr. Shante Smalls for a day of teaching, practice and discussion. Continue »

Sacred Path Series: Meek & Perky

with Shastri Brett Ferrigan

November 15th—November 17th

Training in the four dignities, Meek, Perky, Outrageous & Inscrutable, we mature as warriors, widening our sphere of benevolent engagement in the world with humility, nobility, vision, upliftedness, and delight. Continue »