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.

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 →

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

Mid-Summer's Day Celebration

June 23rd

Celebrate Midsummer's Day with us at one of St. Pete's historic hidden treasures, beautiful Sunken Gardens. Continue »

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana

with Christie Rainbeau

June 28th

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

July 1st

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 »

Sadhana of Mahamudra Practice

with Shastri Will Ryken

July 12th

Open to all! The Sadhana of Mahamudra is one of the mind-treasures of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche that is recited regularly at all Shambhala Centers as a means of overcoming obstacles in one's practice and life. Continue »

Sacred Path of the Warrior Retreat

with Shastri Will Ryken

July 14th

OPEN TO ALL! Come and explore the book "Shambhala- Sacred Path of the Warrior" by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in a contemplative retreat setting. Continue »

Contemplative Writing Group

with Christie Rainbeau

July 20th

OPEN TO ALL! Put your pen to paper and see what happens! 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