Our center will be closed the following days for the holidays:
Wednesday Dec 24th
Thursday Dec 25th
Wednesday Dec 31st
Thursday Jan 1st
Have a safe and joyful holiday!


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

Joy In Everyday Life (JIEL)

with Dr. Janice Glowski

January 5th—February 2nd (2015)

Monday evening course: Joy in Everyday Life delves into the Shambhala teachings on cheerfulness and health. Continue »

QiGong Levels 1 & 2

with Shastri David Stone

January 10th—January 11th (2015)

CLASS NOW FULL, REGISTRATION CLOSED - Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the healing Taoist practice of Qigong. Continue »

Warrior in the World: Shambhala Training Level III

with Lance Brunner

January 23rd—January 25th (2015)

Having examined our habitual tendencies with gentleness and precision, we cultivate fearlessness and can experience our life directly, without relying on cocoon. 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 →

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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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