Spark your heart and mind through the practice of meditation.

St. Petersburg Shambhala Meditation Center is part of a world-wide organization of meditation and cultural centers attempting to help people discover 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. 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.

You are also invited to join most of the meditation sessions and classes announced on this site via Zoom. Check calendar links for info. The link is  Meeting ID: 899 530 6451 – Password: 943366.  Occasionally a separate link is required as listed on the class details.

St. Petersburg Shambhala Center

Shrine Room

5901 Haines Road N, St. Petersburg

Shambhala St. Pete has  a new home.  With the help of volunteers and donors we have transformed a rustic building with a new roof, AC, flooring and bathrooms.  Sitting meditation and classes can now be held in our beautiful shrine room.

So much has been accomplished, yet there is more to do.

Please join in by volunteering your time and offering your skills or by making a donation to help complete the transformation.

Inspired? Contact Gerard Van Gils at: [email protected].


Looking for a place to land? Visiting for the first time?

Every Sunday morning at 10:00 am we offer free, informal meditation instruction during our Sunday Open Sitting Meditation Practice. Come and experience the power of  meditating along with a group of practitioners! At 11:00 am guided  meditation is given, followed by a talk and group discussion on topics of meditation, Buddhism and Shambhala principles. Please join us!  For more information, click here 

Learn to Meditate  Once a month, we offer an extended class for those new to meditation or who wish to deepen their practice. The schedule is posted elsewhere on this page under Featured Programs.

Curious about membership? Click here!

Shambhala has adopted a rigorous program of ethics and conduct, both locally and in all Shambhala Centers.  You may review the standards here:
St Petersburg Shambhala – Care & Conduct Statement
Shambhala Code of Conduct Policies


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

Pema Chodron: Watch live broadcast of Q&A; Compassion in the Challenge Zone

July 28th

This is the third of four 75-minute live call opportunities with Pema Chödrön throughout 2024. Each Zoom call will begin with a 30-minute intro teaching/guided meditation session led by Tim Olmsted, Pema’s longtime trusted co-teacher for many events. Fol Continue »

Weekend Retreat Level III: Warrior in the World

with Gerard Van Gils

August 17th—August 18th

This weekend retreat requires completion of the Level II Weekend Retreat Continue »