As a precaution and for the safety of our members and visitors, we are closing the building until further notice.  We will continue our regularly scheduled practices online.  Please join us online via  ZOOM.  For links (or dialing in on your mobile) use the email provided.  If you have questions, please send to [email protected].


Shambhala Culture, Crises, Care & Conduct

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.

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.


Tuesday Practice & Book Study 7-9 pm 

For ZOOM link and password, please email: [email protected] (Note:  Heart of Recovery uses our zoom room until 6:45 pm.  Please enter room after 6:50 pm)  Meditation practice  followed by book discussion and social time. We are currently reading Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion by Pema Chodron.  You do not have to own the text, we will screen share with you.   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.

Sunday Practice & Book Study 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

For ZOOM link and password, please email: [email protected]    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 sign-on at 9:30 for orientation and meditation instruction.

New in 2020!  First Sunday:  Learn to Meditate:  On the first Sunday of the Month, we offer meditation instruction at 9:30 am and a dharma talk following practice.  On July 5, Nora Wiser will present the talk “Going Steady with Death.” All are welcome.


 Tuesday Heart of Recovery  5:45 – 6:45 pm

For ZOOM link and password, please email: [email protected]  This program iz open to anyone who is interested in exploring how the path of meditation and the path of recovery intersect.  (to see full description click the Ongoing Offerings tab).

Friday Queer and Trans Dharma  7 – 9 pm

For ZOOM link and password, please email: [email protected]  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 log-on at 6:45 pm.  For more information, please contact Amber Paxton: [email protected] or 352-514-6303. 


 Please email us at [email protected]  and a meditation instructor will contact you.  We also offer instruction online every Sunday at 9:30 am.


When you join a ZOOM practice session, please close all other programs on your computer and maximize the video to full screen.  You may use the prompt in the upper right corner of your screen to toggle between two views.  “Speaker view” shows whoever is talking full screen.  “Gallery view” shows little Hollywood-square type boxes. (NOTE:  speaker view and gallery view are invitational 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, even during chants. (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.  Please keep your backgrounds simple and limit your movements while on camera.

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.

Featured Course

Warrior in the World – Shambhala Training Level III


If you missed our Level III training in April, the Southeast region is offering it again prior to the upcoming Level IV training on July 31st – August 2.  The director will be G Van Gils. For description and more information click here.


  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.

LOCATION: 1899 NE 23rd Ave, Gainesville FL 32609.  Important:  Building closed until further notice. 

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

Meditation in Everyday Life (MIEL) ONLINE

with Jan Snyder

June 15th—July 13th

This pandemic has givens the opportunity to explore ourselves, and our reactions to this new, changing world in which we are living. We've had to grapple with sudden change, uncertainty, and fear in our daily lives. Meditation has many proven benefits fo Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana (ONLINE)

July 7th

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 »

Death & Dying Forum (ONLINE)

with Nora Wiser

July 15th

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? Continue »

The Skillful Dragon: Lojong and Compassionate Engagement (ONLINE)

July 16th—August 27th

This last section of the four-part series explores the teachings on Lojong, Atisha's famous mind-training slogans, that invite us to utilize the difficulties and problems we encounter to deepen our path. Rather than seeing the unwanted aspects of life as Continue »

Awakened Heart: Shambhala Training Level IV (ONLINE)

with Jonathan Barbieri & Jan Snyder

July 31st—August 2nd

With trust in basic goodness we can extend ourselves fully to others with kindness and gentleness. Continue »