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

How Can I Help - The Basic Goodness of Society

with Acharya Arawana Hayashi

January 5th—February 9th

Our first program in the Basic Goodness Series explores our relationship with others, our aspirations to help our world and specific aspects of social transformation. Continue »

SHAMBHALA MEDITATION II: Going Deeper in Practice and View

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche & Acharya Dale Asrael

January 28th—January 29th

A Shambhala Educator’s Retreat (pre-recorded) Continue »

Shambhala Meditation: Proclaiming Basic Goodness -- recorded talk with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Shastri Holly Gayley, Acharya Dale Asrael

February 4th

What Is Real - The Basic Goodness of Reality

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

February 16th—March 23rd

Our second program in the Basic Goodness Series emphasizes core Buddhist teachings and the natural world. This course helps reveal the magic and wonder of the world. Continue »

Who Am I - The Basic Goodness of Being Human

with Acharya Adam Lobel

March 30th—May 4th

Our third program in the Basic Goodness Series focuses on our understanding of self. Continue »