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.

Please send questions and comments to: info@stpetersburg.shambhala.org

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!

 

 

 

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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

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Gerard Van Gils

August 3rd—August 31st - Date postponed or cancelled

Fearlessness is represented by the Garuda, a mythical bird that is born in space and soars in vastness. Extending beyond hope and fear, we find immeasurable mind. Prerequisites required. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

September 4th

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 »

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Shastri Gayle Van Gils

September 7th—October 5th

OPEN TO EVERYONE!!! Through the gentle precision of meditation practice, we can learn to appreciate ourselves and our simple, day-to-day human experiences. Continue »

Book Study: The Profound Treasury of Dharma—The Path of Individual Liberation

with Travis May

September 16th—March 31st (2017)

Looking for more in depth, traditional study of Tibetan Buddhism? This is for you! This book study is suitable for students of all practice levels and experience. Continue »

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana

with Christie Rainbeau

September 16th

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 »

Harvest of Peace

September 24th

ALL ARE WELCOME!! Come celebrate the fall solstice with us! We will have practice, food, art, music and good people to hang out with! Bring your whole family and friends! Continue »

Recent News

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    Be Yourself: How to Succeed in Life and Work by Gayle Van Gils

    Here is a reminder of self-wisdom from Shastri Gayle Van Gils as it appeared in Elephant Journal: Be Yourself: How to Succeed in Life and Work “Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.” ~ Oscar Wilde For better or for worse, we have no choice other than to be ourselves, so I ‘d like to explore … Continue 

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    Anyen Rinpoche Talk on Dying with Confidence

    This past weekend Shambhala members and practitioners from other communities gathered at Unity Church for Anyen Rinpoche’s talk based on Rinpoche’s book, Dying with Confidence. Rinpoche emphasized the preciousness of human life and preparation for death through practice as well as how to aid those family members and loved ones who face illness and death. … Continue 

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    A Review of the Technique: “The Simple Technique That Changed My Life” by Travis May

    During meditation instruction I try to convey some importance about the part of the technique that involves letting go of our thoughts and returning to the breath. But, I don’t think that I really do it justice. When Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche visited my dathun (month long retreat) at Shambhala Mountain Center in 2008, he said … Continue