Initially, we closed until April 1. This will likely extend through the month of April, and possibly longer. We have begun a Covid19 information page, under Current Events.

Programs that are postponed include: Tuesday Open Sits, Thursday Queer Dharma Meetings, Friday Recovery Dharma Meetings, Deepening Compassion Class, Basic Goodness Class, Gallery Hop, Ikebana, Qigong 18 Movement.

We are converting many of our offerings to Zoom (A guide to Zoom for the novice: PDF.)

Our Current Offerings in Zoom:

Café Shambhala will meet in the following Zoom room for the foreseeable future,, starting this Saturday, March 21. 

White Tara Practice: Shastri Shelly Heinz will be leading  White Tara practice sessions in a Zoom room, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 9 – 10 am, for the foreseeable future. First session is March 20. Email Shelley at [email protected] for the Zoom link for access to these practice sessions. For description of White Tara practice, click here.

Essence of Yoga with Amanda McMaine: This workshop will happen as scheduled, but in Zoom, 12:30 – 3:30 pm, March 28. You may register for the program here. People who have registered will be sent the Zoom link. 

Qigong Basics with Jim Concotelli: Jim will be offering this class at two different times, from now through April. Contact Jim, [email protected], to register.
Thursday Mornings, 11 am – 12 pm, starting March 26:
Monday Evenings: 6 – 7 pm, starting March 30:

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.

For access to our most recent newsletter, please see Email Newsletter Archives in the lower right corner of this page.

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

Council Meeting

January 20th—June 15th

All are welcome to attend our regular Council meetings. Continue »

Qigong Basics with Jim Concotelli: Monday Nights in Zoom

March 30th—April 27th

This series of classes will provide an overview of the principles of qigong, movements and meditations designed to enhance overall well-being. Continue »

Qigong 18 Movement

April 2nd—May 21st - Date postponed or cancelled

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 »

Children's Yoga and Mindfulness ages 7-12

April 19th

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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