Spark your heart and mind through the practice of meditation.

Shambhala St. Petersburg (1045 9th Ave N. St. Petersburg, FL 33705) 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.

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For information about becoming a member, click here! Interested in volunteering? 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!





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 →


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

Wisdom in Everyday Life

with Shastri Gayle Van Gils

April 20th—May 18th

Transforming fear. Buddhist teachings exploring ultimate reality. Prerequisite: Fearlessness in Everyday Life Continue »

Pema Chodron Study Group

May 9th

Calling all Pema fans! Come join us as we explore the teachings of one of Shambhala's most beloved teachers, Pema Chodron. Open to EVERYONE!!!! Continue »

Unconditional Healing

May 9th

Genuine health and well-being is unconditional and inherent to human beings, no matter what circumstances befall us. Continue »

Weekend Retreat Level III: Warrior in the World

with Paula Bickford

May 14th—May 15th

This weekend retreat requires completion of the Level II Weekend Retreat Continue »

Pema Chodron Study Group

May 16th

Calling all Pema fans! Come join us as we explore the teachings of one of Shambhalas most beloved teachers, Pema Chodron. Open to EVERYONE!!!! Continue »

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana

with Christie Rainbeau

May 20th

This is a time for the community to gather, practice and delight in conversation and in each other's company. All members are invited, the lung (sadhana transmission) is not a prerequisite for these monthly events. Continue »

Recent News

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