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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.

Getting Started?

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:


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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Upcoming Programs:

Open House - Begin at a Simple Level
April 2nd
6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. Public sitting with guided meditation instruction, a video and interactive conversation hosted by Linda Greenup. Come enjoy refreshments and the practice of community.
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Parinirvana Day: Celebrating Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
April 4th
Parinirvana Day: Celebrating the life & teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the founder of Shambhala. Everyone is invited for Sadhana of Mahamudra practice followed by a potluck lunch at noon!
more info

Learn to Meditate
April 11th
From 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. This introductory class highlights the Shambhala community's core practice - mindfulness-awareness meditation - in both sitting and walking forms. Includes a gift of the book ''Turning the Mind Into An Ally''
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Asheville Shambhala Meditation Center
19 Westwood Place, Asheville,  NC 28806
Tel. 828 200 5120    Email:

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