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.



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 The Lost Art of Good Conversation by Sakyong Mipham.

Meditation Instruction:   Newcomers are encouraged to come at 6:30pm for basic introduction to Shambhala and meditation.  During June, many of our meditation guides and instructors will be on retreat.  Instruction will be offered every Tuesday except June 19th.


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 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).

Thursday 6:15 pm-7:15 pm (sitting/walking practice for those who have receive meditation instruction from a Shambhala Guide, MI or teacher). 

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 book study (Turning the Mind Into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche) and discussion.  Newcomers, please plan to arrive at 6:45 pm.  For more information, please contact Amber Paxton: or 352-514-6303.

Sunday 10:30 am – 12:30 pm  One hour of sitting/walking meditation followed by one hour of book study.  We are currently reading The Shambhala Principle by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.  Because of weekend retreat programs, Sunday practice on  May 27th and July 8th will be held in the front shrine room.  Please use the entrance closest to NE 23rd St.

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 or beverage to share. Please RSVP to Amber if you are planning to attend:  Check this page for the date of the next event.

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


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

Wisdom in Everyday Life

July 6th—July 8th

Playfulness, ordinary magic, and innate wisdom: enjoy this introduction to the vajrayana Buddhist teachings. Continue »

Moving the Shrines

July 22nd

We are growing! And we've outgrown our original shrine room. Please help us move our beautiful shrine into the larger practice room at the front of the building. There will be a job for everyone -- lifting, cleaning, hanging banners...and more. Continue »

Unconditional Confidence: Rigden Weekend

with Acharya Eric Spiegel

September 28th—September 30th

The Way of Shambhala I culminates in the Rigden Weekend. The contentment, joy, fearlessness, and wisdom of the Way of Shambhala culminate in unconditional confidence. Confidence that comes from genuineness and wakefulness instead of aggression. Continue »

Refuge Vow Ceremony

with Acharya Eric Spiegel

October 1st

For those practitioners interested in deepening their commitment to the buddhadharma path, Gainesville Shambhala offers an opportunity to take the Refuge Vow and the Bodhisattva Vow with Acharya Eric Spiegel, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist Li Continue »

Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony

with Acharya Eric Spiegel

October 1st

Planting such a seed as the bodhisattva vow undermines ego and leads to a tremendous expansion of perspective. Such heroism, or bigness of mind, fills all of space completely, utterly, absolutely. Within such a vast perspective, nothing is claustrophobic Continue »