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.



Because of the devastating spread of the Delta variant, as of August 6, we are closing the building and resuming online programming only.  We will post updates as when we feel it is safe to re-open the center.


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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 5:45-6:45 pm.

QUEER & TRANS DHARMA (online)   1st and 3rd Fridays (beginning September 17th) 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!

Saturday, September 18th (9:30 am – noon) – Harvest of Peace.  Meet at Depot Park. Details.

Sunday, September 26th (4 – 6:30 pm ET ) – Code of Conduct presentation for Shambhala Gainesville and participating centers in the Southeast Region. Details and link.

Tuesday, October 5th (7 – 8:30 pm ET) – What Does Belonging to Shambhala Mean to You?

October 16th (7-8:30 pm ET)  – Saturday Night Live: Dharma with Susan Pollak: Uncertainty

November 13  (7-8:30 pm ET)  – Saturday Night Live: Dharma with Dr. Shakoor

Saturday, December 11th (time TBD) – Annual Meeting for all Shambhala Gainesville members


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.






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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

Harvest of Peace Celebration (in-person)

September 18th

How do you create communal autumnal art? Join our Harvest of Peace Celebration to find out. We'll start at 9:30 am on Saturday, Sept 18th at Depot Park, then move to a nearby artist's studio to create our canvas. Continue »

What is Real? Basic Goodness 3 (ONLINE)

with John Rockwell & Dr. Jan Snyder

September 20th—October 25th

The third and final course of the Basic Goodness Series asks the question, "What is real?" and explores various approaches to it. How do we know what is real? How might we begin to ask this question in a way that is meaningful for our everyday lives? Continue »

Community Conversation - Caring for Each Other

with Irina Deffente Migliari & Jim Fladmark

September 26th

This presentation and conversation will focus on the current Shambhala Code of Conduct and Policies, which is relevant to our local center and important for each of us to know about. Continue »

Belonging to Shambhala

with Shastri Janet Bronstein & Ronald Renz

October 5th

This gathering, which will replace our usual Tuesday evening meditation session, will be facilitated by Shastri Janet Bronstein, and Ron Renz of the Shambhala Process Team, specifically for our Shambhala Gainesville sangha. Continue »

Saturday Night Live: Dharma (Online) Uncertainty

with Susan Pollak

October 16th

Susan M. Pollak, MTS, Ed.D. is a psychologist in private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is a longtime student of meditation and yoga who has been integrating the practices of meditation into psychotherapy since the 1980s. Continue »