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.


PRACTICE:  We meet every Tuesday from 7 pm to 9 pm for meditation, followed by book discussion and social time.  Newcomers are encouraged to come at 6:30pm for basic introduction to Shambhala and meditation.  We are currently reading and discussing Living Beautifully by Pema Chodron.  pema-chodron


Additional Practice Sessions:   

No practice on Sunday, March 4th, because of a weekend retreat program.

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 who have received Shambhala meditation instruction). 

Sundays 10:30 am – 12:30 pm  One hour of sitting/walking meditation followed by one hour of book study.  Newcomers are encouraged to come at 10 am for basic instruction.  No practice on Sunday, March 4th, because of a weekend retreat program.

Sunday Book Study.  We are reading 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 or beverage to share. Please RSVP to Amber if you are planning to attend:  Next date TBD.

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

Film Screening - Walk with Me: A Journey into Mindfulness

February 25th

Gainesville Shambhala Meditation Group is pleased to sponsor this one-time screening of Walk with Me: A Journey into Mindfulness featuring Thich Nhat Hanh. Continue »

Open Sky: Shambhala Training Level V

with Shastri Nick Kranz

March 2nd—March 4th

Communicating with the world gently and fearlessly, our awareness is sharpened and we find the open clear sky of mind—a delightful source of wisdom and uplifted energy. We trust our nature enough to let go into the present moment. Continue »

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

with Shastri Will Ryken

April 20th—April 22nd

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. 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 and Bodhisattva Vow Ceremonies

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 »