The Asheville Shambhala Center offers a variety of community activities that include food, conversation, and meditation. We offer meditation instruction before all public practice sessions on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; tea, dharma readings and discussions every Thursday evening; the Way of Shambhala weekend training programs, and special events and classes. The Center space is available for rentals.


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Level IV and V in February 2017

The Asheville Shambhala Center is excited to offer the first non-residential combined Shambhala Training Level  IV and V from February 2 to February 6 directed by Lance Brunner. A well known teacher in Shambhala, Lance has been directing Shambhala Training levels for 23 years. For those who have completed Level III, Shambhala Training Level IV, Awaken Heart can be taken on its own; and Shambhala Training Level V, Open Sky can be taken separately by anyone who has completed Level IV. Please click on one of the links above for more information and to register.

Shambhala Training Levels IV and V are the concluding levels of the Heart of Warriorship program; they provide a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation practice, emphasizing the development of genuine confidence, humor, and personal dignity within the complexity of daily life. Completion of Levels IV and V is one of the prerequisites for Rigden: Natural Confidence.


Ongoing Offerings in Asheville

Our weekly offerings do not require prior experience and everyone is always welcome.

Sunday morning mindfulness meditation from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.

Tuesday evening Refuge Recovery meetings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday night mindfulness meditation from 10:00 p.m. to midnight.

Thursday evening mindfulness meditation from 7:00 to 7:45 p.m.
From 7:45 to 8:45 pm. enjoy tea, conversation, a dharma reading/talk and dialogue More →

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