The Asheville Shambhala Center is a community that offers a variety of activities including meditation, meditation instruction, talks and discussions every week, weekend programs, special events, and ongoing classes related to the Shambhala Vision.



New to Shambhala?

Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Browse “About Shambhala” to learn more about the Shambhala vision, lineage & community.


Ongoing Offerings in Asheville

The Asheville Center offers weekly Thursday evening meditation from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. followed by tea, a dharma reading and discussion from 7:15 to 8:00 p.m. And weekly Sunday morning meditation from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Meditation instruction  is available. No prior experience is needed and everyone is welcome. More →

Featured Programs

Open House with Crystal Goure

July 2nd

6:30 p.m to 8:00 p.m. Find out more about Shambhala - plus meditation with guided instruction, conversation, and light refreshments. Continue »

Werma Feast Practice

July 5th

Werma Feast Practice Continue »

Asheville Shambhala Center Community Meeting

July 12th

Community meeting to discuss Community Building or Building Community. Everyone Welcome. Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra

July 24th—November 25th

The Sadhana of Mahamudra is a practice text composed by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The Sadhana consists of brief silent meditation, chanting, and mantra recitation. Open to everyone. Continue »

Joy in Everyday Life, Way of Shambhala

August 24th—September 21st

As meditation practice expands and we develop trust in basic goodness, we can begin to discover the confidence and personal energy to go forward on the journey. Open to all. Continue »

Center News

  • Meditation, Mindfulness & Spirituality on CBS

    This is a link to a program that aired recently on CBS featuring meditation with clips of the Sakyong and the Chicago Shambhala Center.

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    Welcome to the Asheville Shambhala Center

    Please explore the website, discover what Shambhala in Asheville has to offer, and stop by the Center. We look forward to seeing you!