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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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

Pema Chodron Study Group

October 5th—December 28th

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 »

Glimpses of Vajrayana

with Travis May

October 26th—January 18th (2016)

Join us for the third installment of the Profound Treasury series with Judi Lief based on the book The Tantric Path of Indestructible Wakefulness, the third volume of The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Continue »

Weekly Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Class

with Roger Jarrell

November 4th—January 27th (2016)

Grab your mats and come on over! Roger Jarelll leads this donation based Hatha Yoga class for all levels of students. Continue »

Tonglen Practice

with Will Ryken

December 1st

The tonglen practice is a method for connecting with suffering —ours and that which is all around us— everywhere we go. Join us as we practice to relieve the suffering of the world. Continue »

Joy in Everyday Life

with Will Ryken

December 2nd—December 30th

Discipline brings joy! Explore this topic and many more mahayana teachings. This course correlates with the Level III Weekend Retreat. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

December 6th

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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