Positions with less pre-requisite training here. (Check with volunteer coordinator about training.)
Umdze and Shambhala Guide sign up here. (For trained volunteers only.)
Program coordinator and staff sign up here. (For trained volunteers only.)
"Sangha" is the Sanskrit term for "community of practitioners" - one of the three jewels of Buddhism. This Shambhala Meditation Center is home to a wonderfully diverse community who share a genuine connection to contemplative practice and the aspiration to realize a more wakeful, sane society. Friends and members of the Shambhala Center are welcome to attend celebrations, practice events, meetings and gatherings of special interest groups.
The Shambhala Meditation Center is part of an international community of 165 meditation centers founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. The Shambhala Buddhist path, unique in the world of Western Buddhism, combines the teachings of the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism with the Shambhala view of living an uplifted life, fully engaged with the world.
Programs in Buddhist teachings, meditation and other contemplative disciplines are offered as well as free individual meditation instruction.
Community at Sky Lake
Sky Lake Lodge is home to a diverse community of members from the Hudson Valley and surrounding region. Mindfulness-awareness meditation and the aspiration to integrate contemplative practices into daily life is the common ground that binds our community. A genuinely caring and wakeful community that includes people from all walks of life is the fundamental basis for realizing the Shambhala vision of an enlightened, sustainable society.
Sky Lake offers regular opportunities to gather together as a community:
- group meditation sessions
- classes and weekend programs
- talks by teachers of our Buddhist and Shambhala lineages
- celebrations such as Children's Day, Midsummer's Day and various artistic events.
Family participation is strongly encouraged and we offer special programs for children of all ages.