The Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland is part of the global community of Shambhala. Our purpose is to contribute to a society informed by meditation  — with a culture of kindness and care, embracing the inherent goodness of every person. Our programs, groups, and community gatherings offer a way to train in spiritual warriorship, and study and practice these teachings from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition in everyday life. Please join us in this journey!

Please Note: our center location is CLOSED and we are working on moving out from the Carnegie Library building. All programs and groups are being held virtually over Zoom.

Our Council is actively monitoring the situation and we are sending regular updates through our newsletter.

Our Online Offerings

Tuesday Evening Practice – Open to all, 7pm

Sunday Community Practice at Colonel Summers Park (& online) – Open to all, 9am

Weekday Morning Meditation – Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 9am

White Tara Practice – Thursdays, 10am

Dharma Study – Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior – Alternate Sundays, 11am

Bodhisattva Study Group – Buddha Nature – Second & fourth Mondays, 7:15pm

Queer Dharma – First Sunday, 2pm

Aging in Enlightened SocietyThe Five Invitations – First & third Mondays, 3pm

Young Meditators Group – Every Thursday, 7pm










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Portland Shambhala News

  • Moving as an opportunity for community

    You may have heard: we’re moving.  Moving house is always chaotic, but moving a community is an opportunity for community-sized chaos! First you have to unpack everything, sort it, figure out what to keep, what to discard.  It’s a massive undertaking. BUT a big move is a huge opportunity for collaboration and connection. Out of chaos, … Continue 

  • Town Hall – July 25, 2020

    The Town Hall on July 25, 2020 invited our community to continue to explore our challenges with polarization and inclusivity. It was intended to ask whether we will be able to hold the diversity of viewpoints and identities that exist in our community. As the conversation unfolded, one person, citing their background in anthropology, described … Continue 

  • Four Years Later: A Look Back (and Forward) at our Societal Health and Well-Being

    When I took my leadership oath as council representative for Societal Health and Well-Being at our Harvest of Peace festival in September, 2016, I came into the seat with a number of hopes. I had hoped to expand our repertoire of affinity groups, especially our family group. I’d hoped to see our deleks reinvigorated. I’d … Continue 

  • Community Conversation — July 11th, 2020

      So much had been happening in our community and in Shambhala at large that the Portland Shambhala council felt that we needed to stop and check in with each other. On Saturday, July 11th members of Portland Shambhala met online for a community conversation to reflect on a recent letter from several Achyaras who … Continue 

  • Midsummer’s Day Eve Town Hall – June 20, 2020

    Fourteen of us joined the Portland Shambhala Center virtual town hall on June 20, 2020. We started with three check-in questions: What have you most appreciated in your experience of society this week?; How are you feeling about our future?; and How are you feeling about Shambhala’s future? The participants had a wide range of … Continue