Learn to Meditate

In addition to the meditation instruction available at many public meditation sessions, we offer classes and programs that are specifically geared toward new meditators. Please visit our list of programs to see when these programs are scheduled to take place.

Learn to Meditate
If you are new to meditation and would like to try it, this is a class for you! The instructor will walk you through the techniques of meditation and offer practical ways to incorporate it into your life. This program is also recommended as a “refresher” for current meditators as part of their ongoing practice.

Shambhala Training Level I
Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. There are no prerequisites for this course – it is open to everyone.

New Meditators Group
Looking to connect with other meditators? We will explore issues related to meditation practice, especially for people of all ages who are newer to meditation. Meditation can sometimes seem more solitary than we might like – we invite you to join up with others for social time and to share your experiences. This group meets monthly.

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The following is a list of all Introductory programs that are coming up within the next month. Visit Classes & Programs for a complete list of upcoming scheduled programs.


What the Buddha Taught: Lojong - Training the Mind & Cultivating Loving Kindness Study Group + Meditation (Tues) ONLINE

with Stephen Burns, Larry Wolf, Barbara Wolkowitz, Alice Dan

March 17th—December 29th

This study group will read, study, and contemplate the 52 slogans that are part of the Mahayana teachings of Lojong, or Training the Mind. There will also be a period for meditation. See schedule in full description. Continue »

What the Buddha Taught Study Group ONLINE (Alternate Sundays)

with Barbara Wolkowitz

March 22nd—December 27th

This study group will read, study, and contemplate the 52 slogans that are part of the Mahayana teachings of Lojong, or Training the Mind. By training the mind, we mean that we reflect on our thoughts and behavior as a means of reversing our habitual tend Continue »

Heart of Recovery ONLINE

May 3rd—December 27th

The Heart of Recovery is a group meeting at the Shambhala Center focused on sharing support while bringing together contemplative practice and a commitment to sobriety. Continue »

Sunday Meditation and Discussion ONLINE

with Alice Dan

July 5th—December 27th

Sitting Meditation Practice will begin with a brief opening chant, a short guided introduction to meditation, and 2 sessions with a break for movement. Discussion follows, questions welcome. Please register to receive the zoom link for participation. Continue »

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program ONLINE

with Ann Shillinglaw

October 7th—December 2nd

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is an eight-week course designed to teach participants how to improve the quality of their lives as they work with various types of stress. Continue »