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Spark your heart and mind through the practice of meditation

Shambhala Vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature can be developed in daily life so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society.

The Shambhala Meditation Group of WNY Southtowns is part of an international community of 170 meditation centers and groups founded in 1973 by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, artist, author and poet.  Today, the Shambhala tradition is carried on by Trungpa Rinpoche’s son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. 

The Shambhala Buddhist community welcomes people of any spiritual background or way of life. We offer a variety of ways to engage in Shambhala Buddhist practice. We emphasize a commitment to the practice of sitting meditation as a way to awaken our true nature and actualize it in our daily lives. 

The Shambhala Meditation Group of WNY Southtowns is located in Orchard Park, New York,  in the heart of Erie County’s beautiful “southtowns” region. We are centrally located for those  seeking a group to sit with for inspiration and support in their meditation practice.

Our weekly meditation sessions are held in the home of Sports Focus, a comprehensive physical therapy center. The modern and clean building comfortably accommodates our growing meditation group. We are happy and grateful to the owner and staff of Sports Focus for allowing us to utilize this location.

Our sister group, Shambhala Meditation Group of Buffalo, is located in the City of Buffalo, New York at 408 Franklin Street, in the C.J. Jung Center. The two groups often coordinate programs together enabling us to offer access and options in meditation instruction and Shambhala teachings. We frequently share offerings with the centers in Mississauga, Ontario (Canada) and Akron, Ohio.

Whether you are new to meditation or have been practicing for many years, please feel free to join us for our weekly meditation sessions: Tuesday evenings, 7 – 9 p.m. at 3940 California Road, Orchard Park.

All are welcome!

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What is 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. Learn More →

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Ongoing Offerings

Our group offers free weekly public sitting meditation hours and dharma talks. No prior meditation experience required to attend.  All are welcome. More →

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    After meditation, on Tuesday nights, we’re currently reading Pema Chodron’s wonderfully insightful book, When Things Fall Apart. The beauty of this book is that each chapter stands on it’s own, full of the wisdom and compassion that Pema is known for. After reading the chapters, which are short enough to get through in 5-10 minutes, … Continue 

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