Spark your heart and mind through the practice of meditation.

Shambhala St. Petersburg is part of a world-wide organization of meditation and cultural centers attempting to help people uncover their inherent basic goodness and to make the world a better place.

We offer a wide array of programs and events for all levels of students and practitioners. Based on mindfulness meditation and creating a culture of kindness, Shambhala is a place to meet friendly and helpful people, rediscover the joy of living, and celebrate the art of being human.

For a list of upcoming programs, click the Classes & Retreats link above. To see our ongoing offerings, please click here.

 

 

Looking for a place to land? Visiting for the first time?

Every Sunday morning at 11:00 am we offer free, informal meditation instruction during our Sunday Open Sitting Practice. Come and experience the power of sitting with a group of practitioners.! At noon we will host a simple “soup and salad social” for new and current members to mingle. This is a chance to ask our teachers any questions you may have or just hang out and get to know some really cool people. For more information, click here!

 

 

 

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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 →

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View our Monthly Calendar of Classes and Retreats

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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

Pema Chodron presents, Making Friends with Yourself: Exploring Self, Selflessness, and the Roots of Attachment

June 29th—August 3rd

Join Pema as she explores, in her usual down-to-earth and practical way, the Buddhist teachings which reveal how we get hooked by our negative habitual patterns. These teachings get to the heart of how our sense of self develops and functions. Pema shows Continue »

Learn to Meditate

with Shastri Gayle Van Gils

July 5th

Interested in meditation? This is the class for you! Come and receive instruction on meditation. from one of our senior teachers. This is open to EVERYONE! It is a great class for beginners but also beneficial for the seasoned practitioner. Continue »

Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Sakyong's Enthronment

with Shastri Gayle Van Gils

July 5th

Come join us in celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Sakyong's Enthronement! Continue »

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Gerard Van Gils

July 15th—August 12th

OPEN TO ALL!! This is a great class to help people get into a daily meditation practice! Continue »

Friday Night Dharma Talk: What is Emotional Intelligence and Why Does it Matter?

with Shastri Gayle Van Gils

July 24th

It's the Friday Night Dharma Talk Series! Offered the third Friday of every month come and enjoy one of our teachers give a talk based on Shambhala teachings! Continue »

Learn to Meditate

with Gerard Van Gils

August 2nd

Interested in meditation? This is the class for you! Come and receive instruction on meditation. from one of our senior teachers. This is open to EVERYONE! It is a great class for beginners but also beneficial for the seasoned practitioner. Continue »

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    Shambhala St. Petersburg is primarily a community of friends and practitioners who share the common interest of meditation and the intention of improving the quality of life for themselves and others. Most of the people who come to our meditation center visit on Sunday mornings for sitting & walking meditation, come to our holiday celebrations, … Continue 

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    Welcoming the Year of the Wood Sheep & Looking Back at a Memorable 2014.

    On February 21st, Shambhala St. Petersburg celebrated Shambhala Day, the lunar new year, and welcomed in the Year of the Wood Sheep. Shambhala Day is our biggest annual holiday and is a time for community, practice, food and connecting with the worldwide Shambhala sangha. We met in the morning for a lhasang (smoke purification ceremony) … Continue 

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    Question of the Week: What to Expect at Shambhala

    Question: I am thinking about beginning the Shambhala curriculum. What should I expect? Shastri Van Gils: The Shambhala curriculum is rich, profound and deep. It includes classes, weekend retreats, book study and meditation practice. You can expect that we will be providing a lot of opportunities for deepening your connection to meditation, for opening your … Continue