Shambhala: A Global Community
Shambhala communities cultivate kindness, bravery
and inspire compassionate, sustainable and just human society.
Shambhala is a global community of people inspired by the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature, our innate wisdom, can be developed so that it benefits our own lives and helps meet the many challenges facing the world.
With more than 200 meditation centers worldwide, Shambhala invites people from all walks of life, faiths and backgrounds to practice meditation, gather, and celebrate together in order to develop a global culture that cultivates dignity and sanity in an increasingly chaotic and stressful world.
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the leader of the global Shambhala community. Local teachers, meditation instructors, and leaders are appointed by the Shambhala lineage holder—the Sakyong—to lead people on the core path of training and provide personal support to those who want to study and practice these teachings.
Our teachers come from all walks of life and include authors, artists, businesspeople, activists, parents and more.
In addition to meditation, study and contemplative practices, Shambhala centres and groups offer teachings in the arts and offer a range of cultural and social activities that cultivate wakefulness and creativity.
The global Shambhala community is organized on the principle of a classical mandala, an energetic pattern of relationships radiating out from a central organizing principle. In Shambhala, the central organizing principle is the Shambhala lineage and teachings. Shambhala’s international administration is headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
There are thousands of members and friends of Shambhala on all continents. We have online communities and more than 200 Shambhala centers and groups, as well as individual members, located in major cities, towns, and in rural settings in over 50 different countries. Each local community offers the same distinctive body of teachings and practices and shares the common, global aspiration for good human society.