• Heart of Recovery is canceled this Thursday, Nov 26 due to the holiday. We’ll resume our regular meeting the following week. Have a safe and fun Thanksgiving!
  • Open sitting on Sunday, Nov 29 is on regular schedule at 10 am.


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 Morgan Root

November 9th—December 7th

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 »

Children's Day! - SAVE THE DATE

December 20th

All Are Welcome! Gather for this seasonal celebration of children, families and the Winter Solstice. Continue »

Qigong Levels 1 & 2

with Shastri David Stone

January 9th—January 10th (2016)

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

Awakened Heart (Shambhala Training Level IV)

with Lance Brunner

January 22nd—January 24th (2016)

Weekend Retreat: Connecting with the world and communicating with it more directly permits us to experience our heart and the ways we respond to experience. Shambhala Training Level IV will guide us through this practice and exploration based on the pract Continue »

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 →

Katie Baingbridge

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!