What we're about

Please Note: Our center is fully virtual now, until we find a new physical location. Programs and groups are mostly being held virtually over Zoom, with some socially-distanced events held outdoors.


The Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland is part of the global community of Shambhala. Our vision is to create a culture of kindness and care, while embracing the inherent goodness of every person. Our programs, groups and community gatherings offer a way to study and practice these teachings from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. Please join us in this journey!

We also host the groups Queer Dharma Portland and Portland Young Meditators.

Upcoming events (5)

Harvest of Peace Meditation & Celebration

Kenilworth Park

Join for A Harvest of Peace Celebration at Kenilworth Park on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 4pm to 6pm, our first in person celebration since COVID-19 (socially distanced, of course) with meditation, performances, and personal picnics. For the first time in recorded history, Portland Shambhala will have a Harvest of Peace completely free of fundraising! Yes, that’s right, there will be NO fundraising at all. Instead, we'll gather to celebrate the tremendous exertion and generosity our community members have shown during our move, and in ongoing practice, study and support for our community. We can all be so grateful for the Dharma and for our community that this should be an especially cheerful Harvest of Peace. For our outdoor celebration we will: - Practice together for about one hour (make sure to bring your own gomden or chair) - Feast together from a social distance (Make sure to bring your own personal picnic food and beverage of your choice) - Share toasts, music, and poetry - please let us know if you can offer a song, poem, or performance! Email John or Janie at [masked] with ideas or to volunteer. - Engage in good conversation with one another while maintaining social distancing and masks Learn more about this event here: https://portland.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=461229 About Harvest of Peace Harvest of Peace, is one of four annual Nyida Day celebrations in Shambhala culture. Each of these holidays mark the turning of the seasons, hence the name Nyida Day (Nyi = sun and Da = moon). Harvest of Peace is celebrated near the Autumn Equinox in the Northern hemisphere and the Spring Equinox in the Southern hemisphere. Historically, this special day is associated with the feeling of appreciation, the spirit of generosity and sharing the bounty of the season. It is an opportunity for our community to gather, practice together, enjoy good food and drink, and celebrate the richness of our local cultures and heritage. The theme of appreciation includes all of these things, and especially the goodness of our bond as a community at this time.

A Virtual Wild Blue Yonder: Envisioning Our Community

Online event

Join in a Sunday morning Community Visioning where we will review where we are and what our virtual wild blue yonder might look like, including leadership direction, and new initiatives on the horizon. If you didn't get the email with the Zoom link, write to the office at [masked]. (Please note, Sunday Community Practice is cancelled on this day in support of Harvest of Peace.) Learn more about this event here: https://portland.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=461230

Dharma Study - Sacred Path of the Warrior ONLINE

Needs a location

Please join us! All students, practiced and new alike, are welcome! This is a drop-in group so no registration is necessary. The Portland Shambhala Center's Online Dharma Study group is currently reading Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Shambhala's founder Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. We are going through the book chapter by chapter, with facilitation by one of our center teachers. The group meets alternate Sundays. There is a basic human wisdom that can help solve the world’s problems. It doesn’t belong to any one culture or region or religious tradition—though it can be found in many of them throughout history. It’s what Chögyam Trungpa called the sacred path of the warrior. The sacred warrior conquers the world not through violence or aggression, but through gentleness, courage, and self-knowledge. The warrior discovers the basic goodness of human life and radiates that goodness out into the world for the peace and sanity of others. That’s what the Shambhala teachings are all about, and this is the book that has been presenting them to a wide and appreciative audience for more than twenty years. Books for sale in the center bookstore. Contact [masked] to set up a time to come in. To Join the Zoom Meeting, follow this link: https://zoom.us/j/817700397?pwd=MVY4OXUwd0NJQVpZcitCY3hVN2R4QT09 Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode: 108 One tap mobile [masked],,[masked]# US (Tacoma) [masked],,[masked]# US (Houston) Dial by your location [masked] US (Tacoma) [masked] US (Houston) [masked] US (San Jose) 2020 Schedule Continuation of PART II: Sacredness: The Warrior's World 9/27: Chapter 14: Overcoming Arrogance 10/11: Chapter 15: Overcoming Habitual Patterns 10/25: Chapter 16: Sacred World 11/8: Chapter 17: Natural Hierarchy 11/22: Chapter 18: How to Rule PART III: Authentic Presence 12/6: Chapter 19: The Universal Monarch 12/20: Chapter 20: Authentic Presence 1/3: Chapter 21: The Shambhala Lineage Learn more: https://portland.shambhala.org/community/dharma-study-group/

Weekday Morning Meditation ONLINE


Start the new day with community practice over Zoom, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 9-10am. Practice will start with morning chants followed by silent meditation. Participants are welcome to join and leave the practice whenever their schedules permit. This practice is open to everyone. To Join the Zoom Meeting, follow this link: https://zoom.us/j/817700397?pwd=MVY4OXUwd0NJQVpZcitCY3hVN2R4QT09 Learn more: https://portland.shambhala.org/meditation-main-page/public-meditation-practice-sessions/weekday-morning-meditation/

Past events (568)

Drala Meditation Hike: Oak Island

Oak Island Trailhead

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