Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington

About This Center

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. Located in the vibrant Cleveland Park neighborhood, the Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington DC is part of a global community of meditation centers which aspire to awaken kindness, goodness and wisdom within society, through a variety of classes, retreats, community events, and free of charge public meditation sessions.

What We Offer

In addition to a deep social vision, a diverse community, and more, the Washington DC’s core offerings include:


Meditation is a natural state of the human mind—at rest, open, alert. The practice of meditation has been taught for over 2,500 years as a vehicle for realizing the beauty and magic of the ordinary world without aggression or manipulation.

The Way of Shambhala

The Way of Shambhala program is a complete training in authentic meditation practices and teachings. This series of workshops, courses and weekend retreats (Shambhala Training) is an experiential overview of meditation practices, wisdom teachings, contemplative arts, and physical disciplines rooted in the ancient traditions of Shambhala and Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism.

Children and Families Program

Holidays and community events are meant for the whole family. Some practice events might be long and quiet and difficult for young children to sit through. To help them enjoy themselves, it’s fine to bring books or other activities for children. As children mature, they can begin to join in meditation and other activities at the Center.

Contemplative Arts

Contemplative Arts comprise a number of secular disciplines and activities, including flower arranging and photography, that integrate art and culture with everyday life. Each of these disciplines represents a genuine contemplative path; together they bring beauty, vividness and wisdom to our lives and culture.

Heart of Recovery

This weekly meditation, discussion, and support group explores the relationship of addictions and recovery to our personal paths as warriors, bodhisattvas, and meditation practitioners.   All who have been impacted (including spouses, children, and other family members) by addiction (both substance and behavioral) are welcome to join us

Maitri Bhavana

Maitri Bhavana is a meditation on loving kindness that is practiced for those who are seriously ill, either physically or mentally. The Sanskrit word maitri means friendliness, or loving-kindness, while bhavana means virtue or quality… Read More »

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

I teach yoga part time and am a mom of two toddlers full time. I love my life, but goodness do I need a break. My husband and I have been putting off our wedding ceremony for 4 years because life has gotten in the way. We haven't had a single night alone since our family has grown. I wouldn't change a thing about our lives now, but it would be so wonderful to remember what it's like to 'just be us.' Antrim

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.