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!

 

 

 

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

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

Shambhala Buddhism- Lineage and Devotion

with Will Ryken

August 2nd—August 30th

Open to all! Join us as we explore the Shambhala path and our lineage holders. Continue »

Mindful Relationships: Real Love- The Art of Mindful Communication

with Christie Rainbeau

August 25th

Mindful Relationships is a new series we will be offering one Friday a month. Continue »

Sacred Path- Windhorse and Drala Retreat

with Will Ryken & Shastri Gayle Van Gils

September 1st—September 4th

The second and third program offered together in the Sacred Path series. Must have completed Great Eastern Sun to attend. Continue »

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana

with Travis May

September 6th

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

Learn to Meditate

with Gerard Van Gils

September 10th

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 Gerard Van Gils

September 13th—October 11th

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 »

Recent News

  • Director of Societal Health & Wellbeing Search Announcement

    Shambhala St. Petersburg is looking for a new Director of Societal Health & Wellbeing. The role of the Societal Health & Well‐Being (SHWB) Director is to promote and support the ongoing development of community within a local Shambhala Centre or Shambhala Meditation Group. The Director safeguards the view that a community that enjoys being together, … Continue 

  • 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 

  • 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