Contentment in Everyday Life (CIEL) with Dr. Janice Glowski & Chaplain Hellen Newland: Start on October 20th.
Birth of the Warrior (Shambhala Training – Level II) with James Drescher: November 1st – 2nd
Art of Being Human (Shambhala Training Level I) with James Drescher: November 7th – November 9th


The Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus presents a range of disciplines that share one core ethic: wakeful intelligence. Our community includes people of all ages and walks of life who are exploring their world as individuals, together. SMCC offers public meditation and a core curriculum of Shambhala and Buddhist teachings, as well as advanced contemplative practices to help us awaken our true nature and infuse our everyday activities with wisdom, compassion, and a sense of humor.

We provide an open meditation space, instruction in meditation for beginners and a series of evening and weekend programs called Way of Shambhala that provide the tools to discover compassion and wisdom in your everyday life.

There is open sitting meditation at SMCC every Wednesday 7pm-8pm and Sunday 10am-12pm for beginners and experienced practitioners. Meditation instruction with a qualified instructor is offered at these times at no charge.

You are warmly invited to join us.

Upcoming Programs

Contentment in Everyday Life (CIEL)

with Dr. Janice Glowski & Chaplain Hellen Newland

October 20th—December 1st

Monday evening course: This introductory class offers an exploration of mindfulness meditation, focused on incorporating gentleness and fearlessness into our lives. Open to the public. Continue »

Birth of the Warrior (Shambhala Training - Level II)

with James Drescher

November 1st—November 2nd

[NOTE a schedule change.] Having experienced meditation practice and our own inherent goodness, we want to go forward. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. We begin to appreciate that there is no fund Continue »

Disruptive Leadership

with James Drescher

November 5th

There is no fundamental problem with us as individuals, organizations or communities. However, not recognizing this truth, we get caught thinking we don’t have what it takes to get where we think we want to go. As a result of this lack of confidence, w Continue »

Art of Being Human (Shambhala Training Level I)

with James Drescher

November 7th—November 9th

Weekend retreat: The Art of Being Human is a secular meditation program that develops fearlessness, confidence, openness and gentleness towards oneself and our world. All are welcome. Continue »

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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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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 →

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