“Sangha” is the Sanskrit term for “community of practitioners” – one of the three jewels of Buddhism. The Juneau Shambhala Center is home to a diverse community that shares a genuine connection to contemplative practice and the aspiration to realize a more wakeful, sane society. Our Center is part of an international community of about 200 meditation centers founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. The Shambhala Buddhist path, unique in the world of Western Buddhism, combines the teachings of the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism with the Shambhala view of living an uplifted life, fully engaged with the world.
The Juneau Shambhala Center seeks to support everyone in developing mindfulness-awareness skills, a sense of basic human goodness, and an appreciation of the possibility of enlightened society. Everyone is welcome to visit the Center and participate in open meditation or introductory programs and to participate in any other Center programs, provided they meet the program’s prerequisites.