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

Who Am I - The Basic Goodness of Being Human

with Shastri Bill Brauer

September 20th—October 11th - Date postponed or cancelled

The first program in the Basic Goodness Series focuses on our understanding of self. Continue »

Community Gathering with Continua

September 28th

Learn about the work of this hospice choir, hear some music and explore the synergies between our efforts in the St. Johnsbury community. Continue »

Community Meeting & Potluck Supper

October 5th

Join us for a meeting of the St. Johnsbury Shambhala community to continue the discussion of our path forward and to share food and good company. Continue »

Joy in Everyday Life

with Caroline DeMaio & Charlie Byron

October 18th—November 15th

This program teaches us practical methods to develop ongoing kindness toward ourselves and others. Classes will include meditation, talks and readings. Continue »

Rigden Weekend

with Acharya Suzann Duquette

November 2nd—November 4th

The culmination of Shambhala Training Year One, this retreat explores principles and practices connected with manifesting primordial confidence through the direct experience of basic goodness Continue »