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: Due to Coronavirus, our center location is CLOSED for the time being. 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 – Open to all, 9am

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

White Tara Practice – Thursdays, 10am

Happy Yogi Happy Hour – Every Thursday, 5:30pm

Dharma Study – Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior – Alternate Sundays, 11:30am

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

Portland Shambhala News

  • Council Meeting – 5/5/20

    The Portland Shambhala Center Council met on Tuesday, May 5. The general themes of the meeting were our current financial situation, potential future scenarios, and the first steps we need to do to move forward. We are currently paying rent for a space we can not use. To add more to the overall picture we … Continue 

  • What outreach feels like

    When I heard that the outreach team was meeting, I asked them if it would be OK to interview them about their experience. They had divided up a list of community members and tried to call them a couple of times since the beginning of the COVID-19 quarantine. Their experience varied widely: some people couldn’t … Continue 

  • Yi Jing Hexagram 45

    I Ching Summary for Portland Shambhala Center 2020

    Every year on Shambhala Day, it is traditional to throw the I Ching, the classical Chinese system of interpreting questions or current situations by tossing, in our case, three coins. Each toss of three coins can result in a broken line, representing the yielding or the energy of earth; or a solid line, representing the … Continue 

  • Council Meeting on March 25

    The Council and Council members are subject to the “new normal”, so on March 25, the council met on Zoom. I was not able to attend so I watched a recording. Practice & Education virtual offerings and organizing Community Care were the main topics that were discussed. How can we maintain our practice and study … Continue 

  • Portland Shambhala Closed Through March 31

    “The current state of world affairs is a source of concern to all of us: the threat of nuclear war, widespread poverty and economic instability, social and political chaos, and psychological upheavals of many kinds. The world is in absolute turmoil. The Shambhala teachings are founded on the premise that there is basic human wisdom … Continue