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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End of the Year Ritual: Mamo Chants
February 8th - February 17th
To dispel the karmic accumulation of personal, social, and environmental chaos at the year's end, all students are encouraged to practice as much as possible in the period just before Shambhala Day. In particular, students are encouraged to recite the mammore info
Contentment in Everyday Life, Way of Shambhala I
February 11th - March 11th
Contentment can be hard to find. Much of the time we search for contentment in things, achievements or relationships. With meditation practice, we relax with ourselves and appreciate simple human experiences.
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