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.


Earth Day Sit A Thon

April 24th, 8 am – 8 pm

Meditation instruction offered at 9:00 am, 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm

There are so many ways to participate.  To find out more click here.



As a precaution and for the safety of our members and visitors, we are closing the building until further notice.  However, we will continue to offer a rich array of weekly ongoing offerings free to the public. No prior meditation experience required to attend. Most programs offer meditation instruction upon request. All are welcome.  For additional details and zoom links click here.

For more information contact [email protected]


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Tuesday from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Join us for meditation practice followed by a book discussion or a special practice.

Sunday from 10:30am to 12:30pm.  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)  Friday 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.


Featured Program


Hear new twists on old teachings! Explore new ideas as a sangha! Introducing Saturday Night Live: Dharma, a monthly opportunity to engage with teachers from all over our mandala who have been invited to talk about the subjects that inspire and interest them.

Join us on April 17th for Disappointment is the Chariot of the Dharma with Acharya Dan Hessey. Click here to register.


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.


Happy “Year of the Iron Ox”

Watch the Shambhala Day Losar recording 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.

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

Foundations for Freedom - the Hinayana - Course II: The 2nd Noble Truth, the Origins of Suffering (ONLINE)

April 15th—July 8th

Having recognized the truth of suffering and the confusion that is pervasive in our life, we naturally have questions. How does this state of suffering arise?  Where does confusion come from? In this in-depth exploration of the Five Skandhas, we will touc Continue »

Saturday Night Live: Dharma (Online) Disappointment is the Chariot of the Dharma

with Acharya Dan Hessey

April 17th

If we look at the root of disappointment, we develop tremendous motivation to practice and faith in the Dharma. Continue »

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human (ONLINE)

April 26th—May 31st

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human is the first course in the Basic Goodness series. This course introduces the Shambhala principle of Basic Goodness. We will be working at the level of our personal experience of waking up and relaxing with our n Continue »

The Art of Being Human (ONLINE)

with Acharya Arawana Hayashi

May 14th—May 16th

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 »

Saturday Night Live: Dharma (Online) Ikebana 101

with Brooke Pohl

May 15th

Create a flower arrangement marked with simplicity and your personal touch during this season of renewal. Continue »