Our program with Shastri Gayle Van Gils in August, 2014.

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

img_6642img_5635PRACTICE:  We meet every Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm for meditation, followed by book discussion and social time.  Newcomers are encouraged to come at 6:30pm for basic introduction to Shambhala and meditation.pema-chodron

(Sorry, no instruction offered on July 4 and July 11th)

We are currently reading and discussing Living Beautifully by Pema Chodron.  

Additional Practice Sessions:   

Tuesdays 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 a room 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).

Thursdays 6:15 pm-7:15 pm (sitting/walking practice for those not requiring instruction)

Sundays 10:30 am – 12:30 pm (instruction available on the first Sunday of the month). One hour of sitting/walking meditation followed by one hour of book study.  Newcomers are encouraged to come at 10 am on the first Sunday of the month for basic instruction.

Book Study.  On the first Sunday, we are reading Training the Mind by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.  On the other Sundays, our choice is The Shambhala Principle by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Dharma Night:   Amy Eberhardy and Amber Paxton have graciously offered their home for these informal evenings of good talks, good discussions and good food.  Come to  6508 NW 27th PL in Gainesville and bring a dish to share.   check this space for the date of the next gathering.  Please register on the web site so we know how many people to expect.

Please visit our Ongoing Offerings and Classes and Retreats pages for details on all programs offered.



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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

Meditation in Everyday Life (MIEL)

with Jan Snyder & Lynne Barolet

July 17th—August 14th

Meditation in Everyday Life, the first class in The Way of Shambhala series, is open to everyone and introduces students to peaceful abiding meditation while offering practical suggestions for developing a meditation practice at home. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana

with Jan Snyder

August 8th

Please join our full moon gathering for this beautiful practice composed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche on the basic goodness of self, others, and society. Continue »

Dharma Night

August 11th

Join us for social time and a video teaching Continue »

Birth of a Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II

with Richard White

September 9th—September 10th

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 »

Contentment in Everyday Life (CIEL)

September 25th—October 23rd

Explore mindful appreciation and gentleness to oneself. Foundational Buddhist teachings are introduced. Continue »