Wilderness, Discovery & Nowness program

Participants in the Wilderness, Discovery & Nowness program

Spark your heart and mind through the practice of meditation.

The Shambhala Meditation Center of St Johnsbury is located in the heart of downtown St. Johnsbury, serving a population of meditators who live in northern Vermont and New Hampshire. We invite you to explore our Center and our programs designed to help people of all traditions discover their inherent sanity, gentleness and goodness. We offer public meditation and Shambhala Buddhist teachings, as well as connections to advanced contemplative practices at other Shambhala Centers.

“Enlightened society is not a utopia, but a place where we are brave enough to see— and be—just who we are, surrendering our fantasies of something better. When we do that, the discovery of our own goodness on this planet becomes an exercise in appreciation and wonderment. Slowing down to self-reflect and feel our worthiness, and to feel confidence in it, creates space. Then we have the actual intelligence to know which way to go.”

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, The Shambhala Principle



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Featured Programs

Giving Our Best: A Retreat with Pema Chödrön on Practicing the Way of the Bodhisattva

with Cara Thornley

January 8th—January 29th (2015)

Compassion is a skill. You can learn it here and now, and the benefits are vast. In this recorded retreat, Pema Chödrön shows us how - using a text that is very close to her heart: the Buddhist classic known as The Way of the Bodhisattva. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Myra Woodruff

January 24th—January 25th (2015)

Practice sitting and walking meditation and learn the basic principles of the Shambhala path of warriorship. Continue »

Joy in Everyday Life

with Acharya Michael Greenleaf

February 5th—March 12th (2015)

This program teaches us practical methods to develop ongoing kindness toward ourselves and others. Classes will include meditation, talks and readings. Continue »

Extending Our Senses Into the Winter Wilderness: Rendezvous with the Unseen

with Bob Taylor

February 6th—February 7th (2015)

In this program we will visit a delightful forest in Victory Bog in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom and explore the pristine minimalism of winter wilderness as a natural venue for extending our perception.  Continue »