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.

“The sitting practice of meditation is regarded as one of the most profound and fundamental disciplines you could ever achieve. By doing this practice, you find that you become less crazy.  You begin to develop more humor, more relaxation, and ultimately, more mindfulness.”

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, The Path of Individual Liberation


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Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Learn about our vision, lineage & community. More →

Featured Programs

Extended Sunday Sitting - 9 am to Noon

January 12th—May 10th

Extended Sunday sitting meditation on the second Sunday of the month offers an opportunity for a deeper community practice.  Come for all or part--we'll have a period of walking meditation around the top of each hour to allow for a smooth transition in an Continue »

Claiming Agency for Your Own Awakening

with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

January 23rd—February 27th

In this 6-week video course, we will investigate what it means to be a student and how a student’s eagerness to learn and evolve can be fulfilled by having a healthy and realistic relationship with themselves, the sangha, a qualified teacher and the teach Continue »

Center Cleaning

February 23rd

Cleaning day at the St. Johnsbury Center Continue »

Shambhala Day 2020 at the St. Johnsbury Center - Year of the Iron Mouse

February 29th

Celebrate Shambhala Day 2020 and the Year of the Iron Mouse at the St. Johnsbury Shambhala Center. We'll have an I Ching reading, a brief community meeting and a cocktail party. Continue »

The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Bill Brauer

May 1st—May 2nd

Learn the simple and profound technique of mindfulness and awareness, which is the basis of a secular path of meditation that can benefit people of any spiritual tradition and way of life. Continue »