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 – 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










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Portland Shambhala News

  • 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 

  • Leaving the Carnegie Library Building: First Steps

    On June 16, members of the Portland Shambhala Council and Relo Team prepared a proposal to our landlord for terminating our lease early. We face some real challenges: our income has been drastically reduced with the pandemic, many members are older and considered at high risk for serious complications from COVID-19, groups of more than … Continue 

  • 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