Above The Fold:  Covid19; Transitioning to Zoom

The Lexington Shambhala Center will continue to be closed through the month of May, and possibly longer. 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. How do we support ourselves and one another as we relate to Covid19? Our next gathering is Friday, May 22, 7pm. This series of Community Gatherings will be held in Zoom. For details, click here.

Zoom Classes with a Fee

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]

A Year of the Hinayana: COURSE I – The First Noble Truth: Meeting Suffering with Maitri. This Shambhala Online class will be offered in Zoom for 7 consecutive Tuesday evenings, 7-9pm, starting on May 19th. Click here for more information, and how to register. You will be sent the Zoom link after you have registered.


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

Council Meeting

January 20th—June 15th

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

Community Gathering: Opening the Circle

April 10th—May 29th

Lexington Shambhala Community Gathering: Opening the Circle Continue »

A YEAR of HINAYANA, COURSE I - offered on Zoom

May 19th—June 23rd

This is the first of a 5-part year-long course on the Hinayana taught online by acharyas. This first 7-week course is an exploration of the First Noble Truth, the nature of suffering, and how we can meet suffering with maitri (unconditional friendliness). 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 »

Children's Yoga and Mindfulness ages 7-12

June 21st

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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