Shambhala Meditation Center

Submitted by Pierce Salguero on Sun, 02/11/2018 - 23:03
2030 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

39.9512956, -75.1746805

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Other Basic Information

Est. 1974, affiliated with Shambhala tradition founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

Local Setting, Neighborhood, Demographics

Located near Rittenhouse Square, one of the most high-rent districts in Center City Philadelphia. The language spoken is English, and the attendees are predominantly Caucasian. There are several different rooms that each have their own shrines. Visitors have access to a lounge area and kitchen, giving it the atmosphere of a community center.

Connections with Healing

Although the interviewee told us that all of the center’s practices are considered healing from the point of view of "basic sanity" and "well-being," there are no particular healing rituals practiced. The teachings at this center focus on shamatha/vipashyana meditation to discover one’s “basic goodness” or “primordial purity,” which can synchronize mind and body. The center also teaches tonglen mediation to release difficulties, pain, and suffering and to bring peace, goodness, and health to a specific person or community.

The meditation center offers a support group called Heart of Recovery for people working to overcome addiction. There is also a group focused on health and wellbeing for individual member of the community who are experiencing difficulties. 

Best Time to Visit

See website for current schedule.