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

Milarepa Day

with Will Ryken

March 7th

OPEN TO ALL! In honor of Milarepa we will be chanting songs from the book "The Rain of Wisdom". A really fun event, come by any time during the day! Continue »

The Four Immeasurables

with Travis May

March 18th

Join us for this one day class exploring the popular and traditional contemplation practices known as The Four Immeasurables. Continue »

Meeting of the Buddhist Climate Action Network

March 22nd

The Tampa Bay Buddhist Climate Action Network (“BCAN”) is a part of the Global Buddhist Climate Action Network. Please join us for this meeting of the local chapter so that we can connect and see how we can use our experience and wisdom to address this is Continue »

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

March 25th—April 22nd

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. Continue »

Parinirvana Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

with Will Ryken

April 4th

This year marks the 28th Parinirvana of the Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, founder of the International Shambhala Buddhist community. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

with Travis May

April 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 »

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    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 

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    A Message from the (New) Director of Shambhala St. Petersburg

    Dear Shambhala St. Pete, Cheerful New Year of the Wood Horse! Thank you to all who were a part of our wonderful Shambhala Day celebration this year. For those who missed it, it was a wonderful and momentous day filled with activity, practice, and celebration. It was also when we unveiled our new completely renovated … Continue