From Black Lives Matter: #BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.

Please donate to their cause here. Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus will match up to $500 by the end of June.

Ongoing Offerings


Open Meditation

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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Open Meditation

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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Heart of Recovery

  • 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Meditation instruction is available at 7 PM

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Queer Dharma

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

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Upcoming Programs

Fearlessness In Everyday Life (FIEL)

with Shastri Janice Glowski

June 8th—July 6th

In this course, we work with anxiety and the spaciousness of mind, so that our lives are not blocked by fear. We dare to face life and death as they are. The meditator, open to uncertainty, goes beyond hope and fear. Continue »

ONLINE: Be, Awake, Create: Mindfulness Practices to Spark Creativity Part 2

with Betsy Loeb

July 7th—August 4th

We will explore our unique reflections of our outer and inner worlds using the book Be, Awake, Create: Mindfulness Practices to Spark Creativity by Rebekah Younger, MFA. Open to all with or without a background in the arts or meditation experiences. Continue »

The Art of Being Human - Level I Meditation Training

with Shastri Janice Glowski & Jim Drescher

July 25th—July 26th

This online retreat will introduce and deepen instruction on basic mindfulness meditation practice, and help new and experienced meditators alike integrate practice into their daily lives. We will not stay online for the entire time, but the program will Continue »

A Message from the Shambhala Board — Black Lives Matter

Dear Community,

As we witness yet another instance of violence against Black Americans—a moment which stems from hundreds of years of systemic oppression—we Shambhala leaders wish to speak out not only to express our sorrow, outrage and emotion over this moment in time but to demonstrate a tangible commitment to action.

Doing so without acknowledging our own failings as a community would be insincere and hypocritical. For years, our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) teachers, leaders and members have been asking for change, and directly expressing what they need. There have been many well intentioned efforts to both educate our white sangha and to listen to and support our BIPOC members, and yet white fragility and racism are still as prevalent as ever. This acknowledgement is not intended to discredit those who have tried to enact meaningful change in our community, particularly the ongoing work in many of our local centers. Many initiatives have started, but often did not receive the support and resources needed. Shambhala has lost some of its most dedicated members and teachers of color due to these failings. This must be acknowledged. We must do better.

As many of you may already be doing, those of us on the Shambhala Board are making personal donations to organizations that support the protestors, fight for social justice and do political advocacy work. These include:

These donations are only a start and cannot be the whole of our action.

We would like to invite individuals and groups within Shambhala to apply for a second round of Community Grants that will focus on initiatives of diversity and inclusion. We would also welcome proposals that collaborate with groups or individuals outside of Shambhala who bring knowledge and experience on these topics. If you have an idea for such a grant, please contact the Board at [email protected].

Internally, in the near future, the Office of Community Care and Conduct will be releasing a policy on Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination, along with the new Code of Conduct policies, and a training on Right Use of Power. We hope this policy and training will serve as a catalyst for dialogue on how each one of us and our community can address systemic discrimination and support diversity and inclusion.

Those of us who identify as white must take action to understand whiteness. The Board is committed to listening to BIPOC voices, educating ourselves, and further developing an ongoing course of action. We urge you to join us in this work.

Black Lives Matter.

The Shambhala Board,

Veronika Bauer, Mark Blumenfeld, Phil Cass, John Cobb, Susan Engel, Lilly Gleich, Peter Nowak, Tai Pimputkar, Susan Ryan and Paulina Varas

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