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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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

Community Meeting

July 24th

There will be a meeting of the St. Johnsbury Shambhala community to discuss allegations of sexual misconduct by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, to support and hear one another in this challenging and confusing time. Continue »

Extended Sunday Sitting (Half Nyinthun)

August 5th

If you are seeking a more concentrated period of practice, we invite you to attend our Half-Nyinthun (half-day of sitting meditation). Mindfulness meditation maybe combined with a reading and contemplation or walking meditation period. Continue »

Summer Gathering

August 11th

The summer gathering of the St. Johnsbury sangha will be held at the home of Greg McNally and Tune Faulkner in Wheelock. Continue »

Annual Fundraising Yard Sale

September 1st

Save the date (and start saving the items you'd like to donate) for the most delightful yard sale of the season! Continue »