The Shambhala Meditation Center of Asheville is part of an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and further developed by his son and lineage holder Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Shambhala vision is rooted in the contemplative teachings of Buddhism, yet is a fresh expression of the spiritual journey for our time.
We aspire to help create enlightened society based upon the realization of basic goodness and the cultivation of gentleness, fearlessness and dignity in ourselves, our community and the world. To this end, we offer to all the practice of meditation, the study of the Shambhala Buddhist teachings and a community dedicated to open-hearted interaction.
The Way of Shambhala is the core curriculum offered at the Shambhala Center. It is a unique path of practice and study through classes and weekend Shambhala Training Levels. We warmly invite you to come and explore the genuine, gentle, and brave path of Shambhala Warriorship with us.
Free meditation instruction is offered at our weekly public sitting every Thursday evening at 6pm and Sunday Morning at 10am.
Our Regular Drop-In and Beginner Programs:
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Our Generosity Policy
We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the program price is an obstacle for you, please consider what works for you in your current situation, and offer as much of the program fee as you can.
To arrange for this, please contact Norm Bray at 828-200-5120.
For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a Patron Price. Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.
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Winter Solstice: Celebration of the light!
Will you please join in - bringing light to the shortest day of the year? There will be a procession of light, a few words on the winter solstice, followed by sitting meditation. The children will make cookies!more info
Learn to Meditate
January 10th (2015)
From 10:00am to 1:00pm. This introductory class highlights the Shambhala community's core practice - mindfulness-awareness meditation - in both sitting and walking forms. Includes the book ''Turning the Mind into an ally''more info
The Art of Being Human, Shambhala Level I
January 30th (2015)- February 1st (2015)
Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings.more info
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