Above The Fold:  Covid-19; Transitioning to Zoom

The Lexington Shambhala Center continues to be closed. We have begun a Covid19 information page (under Current Events), and have been Transitioning to Zoom (Shambhala Times). Our current offerings in Zoom are listed below (A Super Easy Guide to Zoom).

Free Gatherings in Zoom (Donations Gratefully Accepted)

Café Shambhala will meet in Zoom for the foreseeable future on Saturdays, 10am-12pm. Café Shambhala especially welcomes those who are new to meditation. Click here for more information.

White Tara Practice: Shastri Shelly Heinz will be leading White Tara practice sessions in a Zoom room, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 9-10am, for the foreseeable future. It is recommended that one already have a meditation practice before working with White Tara. Email Shelley at [email protected] for the Zoom link for access to these practice sessions. For description of White Tara practice, click here.

Community Gatherings: Opening the Circle. People are waking up as our world faces Covid-19, racism, sexual abuse and exploitation, social justice/criminal justice reform, climate change and the intended and unintended deaths of many, while we shelter at home and try to adapt to rapid changes in our lives. How can we keep from losing heart, feeling isolated, and draw on our inner and outer resources? How can we support each other as community during such fearful, painful, and uncertain times?
The Lexington Shambhala Center warmly invites you to our series of gatherings for check-in & support, open conversation, and expressions of basic sanity via Zoom. These gatherings will be hosted by our Leadership Team and other community members. For details, click here.

Zoom Classes with a Fee

New Class Starting June 30th: COURSE 2 of Foundations for Freedom-The Hinayana. The Second Noble Truth: The Origin of Suffering. Part I – The Five Skandhas. This Shambhala Online class will be offered in Zoom for 7 consecutive Tuesday evenings, 7-9 pm, starting on June 30. Click here for more information, and how to register. You will be sent the Zoom link after you have registered. Please enjoy these brief video presentations by course instructors that offer a wonderful overview of the year-long course, Foundations for Freedom: The Hinayana.  https://shambhalaonline.org/mini-introductory-talks/

Qigong 18 Movement with Jim Concotelli: This series of classes will occur over eight Monday evenings, 6-7pm, starting June 1 and ending July 20. Click here for more information about the class, cost and registration. Contact Jim to register and to receive the Zoom link, at [email protected]


welcomeIt is the Shambhala view that every human being has a fundamental nature of goodness, warmth and intelligence. This nature can be cultivated through meditation so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society.

Meditation is at the heart of all programs offered at the Shambhala Center. Slow down, take a breath, and develop more appreciation for yourself and the world.

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What to Expect at the Shambhala Center

The Shambhala Center welcomes you to a range of programs and events, including:

  • Contemplative weekend/evening classes and meditation retreats
  • Individual instruction in meditation by trained and authorized meditation instructors
  • Local Community Enrichment events
  • Open Sitting meditation session on Tuesdays, 7 – 8:30 PM
  • Café Shambhala every Saturday, 10 AM – Noon
  • Many opportunities to volunteer your energy and inspiration


Mill & Max Contemplative Arts Gallery

The Shambhala Center of Lexington is delighted to provide a home for the contemplative arts. This includes visual arts, music, poetry and movement.

Andrew Wilder’s concert on YouTube



Ella Chang and Yoonie Choi-Reich concert on YouTube

Our Gallery venue

Article in the Chevy Chaser about our new beginnings, and one on Tips for Mindfulness

Featured Programs

Community Gathering: Opening the Circle

April 10th—July 10th

Lexington Shambhala Community Gathering: Opening the Circle Continue »

Qigong 18 Movement on Zoom

June 1st—July 20th

Qigong 18 Movement is a series of simple yet highly effective exercises designed to help stimulate positive healing energies to feel refreshed and invigorated. Continue »

COURSE 2 of Foundations for Freedom-The Hinayana. The Second Noble Truth: The Origin of Suffering. Part I – The Five Skandhas. (in Zoom)

June 30th—August 11th

COURSE 2 of Foundations for Freedom-The Hinayana. The Second Noble Truth: The Origin of Suffering. Part I – The Five Skandhas. This Shambhala Online class will be offered in Zoom for 7 consecutive Tuesday evenings, 7-9 pm, starting on June 30. Continue »

Children's Yoga and Mindfulness ages 7-12

August 16th

These classes will be held on the the third Sunday of every month. Students will be engaged in creative movement through yoga and mindfulness exercises. A craft and a snack will be included in this session. Continue »

New to Shambhala?

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 →


Just starting to meditate?

A simple way to begin is to attend our Tuesday night or Saturday morning sitting meditation sessions. On Tuesday night, there is open meditation from 7 – 8:30 pm, and there is always an instructor available to provide initial meditation instruction. More →

Do you live in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area?

Several of our members do, and have formed a practice group. It meets weekly on Tuesday nights. For more information, see our Cincinnati Group page.

Sangha Members – For information and help in dealing with current events in Shambhala, please see our Current Events page.

Looking for a retreat spot nearby? Please see this Ziji Tiny Retreats page for information on a tiny retreat cabin.

Shambhala Global Services

What is Shambhala Global Services? What services do they provide for Shambhala? Please see this Google document for an explanation.

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