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!





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

Contemplations with Will

with Will Ryken

September 23rd—December 29th

A great evening of meditation instruction, contemplation and discussion. OPEN TO ALL! Continue »

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Shastri Gayle Van Gils & Travis May

September 30th—October 28th

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 »

Pema Club

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 »

Shambhala Weekend Retreat Level II - Birth of the Warrior

with Will Ryken

October 17th—October 18th

This weekend builds on the foundation of the meditation practice introduced in the Level I weekend retreat by exploring how habitual ways of thinking obscure the raw brilliance of the world. Continue »

Friday Night Dharma Talk: The Path of Protection

with Paula Bickford

October 23rd

Start your weekend off right with a dharma talk by one of our senior teachers! Open to all, topics will vary each month! Bring your friends! 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 »

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    Chogyam Trungpa & Sakyong Mipham’s Excellent Adventure: The Path of Shambhala Buddhism.

    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