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.



Due to the spread of the Omicron Variant, beginning January 13th, we will discontinue in-person gatherings at our building.  Please check this site for further announcements.


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Tuesday from 7 pm to 8:30 pm (online)  Join us for meditation practice followed by a book discussion or a special practice.

Sunday from 10:30am to 12:30pm (online) Join us for meditation and book discussion.  Beginners are encouraged and welcome to come for instruction at 9:30 am.

HEART OF RECOVERY (online) Every Tuesday (new time) 5:00-6:00 pm.

QUEER & TRANS DHARMA (online)   1st and 3rd Wednesdays  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.


Save the Date!

Thursday, Feb 10 – April 7 (7 – 9 pm) The Third Nobel Truth:  Freedom from Suffering

Thursday, March 3 – Cheerful Shambhala Day!

Monday, March 7 – April 25 (7- 8:30 pm) Igniting the Heart Part 2 – A Pema Chodron class

Saturday/Sunday, March 12-13 (weekend retreat) Birth of a Warrior, Level II of Shambhala Training


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

Dying with Dharma Friends: Organizing a Buddhist support group

February 5th

Dharma Friends are spiritual friends who agree to help each other die, according to the directives left in their dharma wills.  These spiritual friends create a pact with each other.  They share their dharma will and their visions for how they want to die Continue »

Death & Dying Forum (ONLINE)

with Nora Wiser

February 16th

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?  These are the types of questions we’ll discuss in this monthly forum. Continue »

Igniting the Heart -Part 2

with Pema Chödron & Dr. Jan Snyder

March 7th—April 25th

The path of meditative awareness that sparks transformation is available right now. Join Pema to ignite your heart so it glows for the benefit of everyone around you. Continue »

SE Region - Birth of a Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II (Hybrid)

with Dr. Jessica Gurvit

March 12th—March 13th

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 »