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 is fully virtual now, until we find a new physical location. Programs and groups are mostly being held virtually over Zoom, with some socially-distanced events held outdoors.


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 – Online or in the park – Every Thursday, 7pm

Portland Shambhala News

  • History & Storytelling: many homes, many contributors, many phases

    Many members of Portland Shambhala gathered to remember our history on a recent Sunday afternoon. Gardner Murphy had collected some of this recollections in advance:   General Timeline and History of Portland Shambhala Center Started in 1970’s, met in peoples’ houses, Gardner was one of the originals! (Gardner to insert his remembrances of history here) … Continue 

  • Training to teach and learn the Dharma

    The Shambhala project is worth pursuing. So say the cadre of Portland’s authorized Shambhala teachers and almost a dozen members of the Portland Shambhala community who are beginning a teacher training program. Why is this important? Although we are a meditation center, teaching and learning are at the core of Shambhala and a Shambhala center’s … Continue 

  • 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