Welcome

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

Art of Being Human (Shambhala Training Level I)

with Shastri Janice Glowski

October 14th—October 16th

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 »

Contentment in Everyday Life (CIEL)

with Shastri Janice Glowski

November 7th—December 12th

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 11th—November 13th

Weekend Retreat: 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. Continue »

Qigong Levels 1 & 2

with Shastri David Stone

January 14th—January 15th (2017)

Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the healing Taoist practice of Qigong. Continue »
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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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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 →

Recent Blog Posts

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    Teachers, classrooms and meditation

    As an educator and a visual artist, I find that meditation and the Shambhala Path are terrific and increasingly essential supports. This is why I was eager to work with the Columbus Shambhala sangha to bring together middle school educators and Shambhala practitioners Michelle King (Pittsburgh) and Acharya Noel McLellan (Halifax) to Columbus to lead … Continue 

  • Karmê Chöling Family Camp

    Karmê Chöling is a Shambhala meditation retreat center and community for people from all walks of life to connect with their basic goodness and the basic goodness of others. It is located in Barnet, Vermont. And every summer over fifty families gather there to camp and celebrate the art of being human together. We put … Continue 

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    2012: A Year in Review

    Thank you Columbus Sangha for a wonderful 2012. Ki ki so so!