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 Road Home: A Book Study Group

with Caroline DeMaio & Greg McNally

September 1st—September 29th

We'll use Shastri Ethan Nichtern's recent book as the focus for study, discussion, contemplation and exercises. This seminar, which also includes meditation instruction and talks by Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel, lays out a path for developing our intri Continue »

Shambhala Meditation: Proclaiming Basic Goodness -- a recorded online retreat

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche & Acharya Noel McLellan

September 9th—September 10th

Join the Sakyong and Acharya McLellan in this replay of a profound live-streamed program to explore and connect with our own humanity through the Shambhala Meditation practice. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Training for Shambhala Educators

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Daniel Hessey, Acharya Noel McLellan

September 11th

Shambhala Educators are invited to this replay of a live-streamed online teaching and study program with the Sakyong, hosted by Acharya Daniel Hessey. Continue »

Annual Fundraising Yard Sale

September 17th

Plan now to help with or shop at the Center's lively, high-quality and uplifted annual yard sale Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Practice & Potluck Meal

September 18th

Members and ESA participants - Join us for monthly Shambhala Sadhana Practice. Continue »