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

Joy In Everyday Life (JIEL)

with Janice Glowski

January 25th—February 22nd

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

Shambhala Day 2016 - Year of the Fire Monkey

February 14th

A celebration of the lunar New Year, we gather to celebrate the wealth and richness of our human heritage and the dignity and worthiness of all beings. Continue »

Open Sky: Shambhala Training Level V

with Shastri David Stone

March 11th—March 13th

Communicating with the world gently and fearlessly, our awareness is sharpened and we find the open clear sky of mind which is a delightful source of wisdom and uplifted energy. We trust our nature enough to let go into the present moment. Continue »

Art of Being Human (Shambhala Training Level I)

with James Drescher

April 15th—April 17th

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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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!