“Sangha” is the Sanskrit term for “community of practitioners” – one of the three jewels of Buddhism. The Juneau Shambhala Center is home to a diverse community that shares a genuine connection to contemplative practice and the aspiration to realize a more wakeful, sane society. Our Center is part of an international community of about 200 meditation centers founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and now 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.

Everyone is welcome

The Juneau Shambhala Center seeks to support everyone in developing mindfulness-awareness skills, a sense of basic human goodness, and an appreciation of the possibility of enlightened society. Everyone is welcome to visit the Center and participate in open meditation or introductory programs and to participate in any other Center programs, provided they meet the program’s prerequisites.

New to the Center?

Shambhala Guides are available to answer your questions, show you around the Center, or offer an individual introduction to meditation. Email drala@juneaushambhala.org to request an appointment with a guide. There is no fee for meeting with a guide or for participating in open meditation.

Everyone can help

Everyone who chooses to connect with the Juneau Shambhala community is encouraged to support the Center through volunteer service and financial contribution, at whatever level possible. As a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers, our Center needs and appreciates your generous service and contributions. You can make financial donations by placing them in the giving box at the Center. You may also mail a contribution to us: PO Box 35353, Juneau AK 99803. Email the Center for more information about volunteering and ways to donate electronically.

Becoming a Member

We invite anyone interested in the Juneau Shambhala Center to consider becoming a formal member. Becoming a member is a statement about your personal inspiration, curiosity, and commitment to the path of awakening. It means participating in a community of practitioners who aspire to relate to each other with honesty, warmth, and openness. We inspire one another to deepen our practice of mindfulness, awareness and compassion, and provide each other an opportunity to practice compassion and patience.

Anyone can choose to be recognized as a formal member of the Juneau Shambhala Center, and thus the worldwide Shambhala community, by committing to the three principles of Shambhala membership:

Practicing meditation

Making a connection to mindfulness-awareness meditation or related contemplative practice and integrating this practice into daily life is considered the best way for members to support Shambhala and benefit the world and ourselves.

Volunteering for the Center

Volunteers do all of the work of our Center and much of the work of the Shambhala global community. Giving our time and talents to the work of the community is a vital form of support and viewed as part of members’ practice. Volunteer tasks range from small one-time tasks to ongoing roles operating and leading the Center. You might already be volunteering and not realize it!

Community Events

Awakening on Film: Drokpa

November 18th

A documentary about nomadic herders on the eastern Tibetan Plateau by Yan Chun Su Continue »

Awakening on Film: Walk With Me

November 29th

A film about Thich Nhat Hanh and Plum Village narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch Continue »

Awakening on Film: The Last Dalai Lama?

December 2nd

A documentary about, yes, the Dalai Lama! 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 →

Ongoing Offerings

Our centre offers a rich array of ongoing offerings free to the public including weekly public sitting meditation hours and dharma talks. No prior meditation experience required to attend.  All are welcome. More →


Contact us at: Center Location:  174 S. Franklin St., (Rm 206 Emporium Mall), Juneau, AK 99801 Mailing Address:  Juneau Shambhala Center,PO Box 22072, Juneau, AK 99802 Tel. (907) 586-6987 drala@juneaushambhala.org
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