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

The Six Ways of Ruling

with Richard Reoch

March 12th—April 23rd

The Six Ways of Ruling are a distinctive aspect of Shambhala wisdom on creating enlightened society. President Richard Reoch has formatted these teachings into a compelling and inspiring path that we can explore together in this video presentation. Continue »

Community Gathering with Myra Woodruff

April 21st

Join us for a conversation with Myra Woodruff, Executive Director of Karmê Chöling about how KCL can better serve the sangha, and how the sangha can better serve KCL. Refreshments to follow. Continue »

Being Brave: An Introduction to the teachings of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche & Candlin Dobbs

April 30th—May 14th

If you've wondered about Shambhala, meditation or who the Sakyong is and what he teaches, this is a great opportunity to find out more. In this series of recorded talks from the 'Being Brave' weekend program in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2011, Sakyong Mipham Continue »

Listen To Your Garden

with Jan Enthoven

May 1st

Nature is always communicating - how can we improve the odds that we'll perceive these communications? Join Master Gardener Jan Enthoven for an evening talk followed by discussion around awareness and mindfulness in the garden. Continue »