London Shambhala Meditation Centre: UK Registered Charity No 1073977


Unless otherwise stated, all events, programmes, classes and courses take place at the London Shambhala Meditation Centre in Clapham. Please see Location Map for directions. Evening sessions usually begin with a short session of meditation.

Click here to review a selection of past public events, programmes, classes and courses.


Tuesday 22 July

Open Art Evening

An Introduction to the Artistic Mind of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche


The final video screening of the Visual Dharma series of talks by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The theme of this talk is 'Basic Goodness’. Join us for a casual evening of viewing and discussion to lay the foundations for future study of the Shambhala Art teachings.


The third talk in the series 'Great Eastern Sun' will be shown at 6pm for those of you that missed the screening on the 30th of May.

7.30pm onwards

Donations welcome

Saturday 2 August

Shambhala Social Evening



Dear Friends,


Please join us for an evening of simplicity, bring food and drink, family and friends for conversation and laughter. It is inherent within us to enjoy the company of others, and stregthen our connections to each other.


Timings 7.00pm - 11.30pm

Free - please bring food and drink to share

Sunday 3 August

Open Afternoon

with Meditation, Tea Salon & Singing

All are welcome to our monthly Open Afternoon with Meditation, Young People's Meditation, Salon and Singing.

The afternoon's schedule:

2 – 3.30pm    Meditation

3.30 – 5pm    Tea Salon   

5 – 8pm        Singing Group


Cost: Meditation – £3 donation; Tea Salon - £5 donation; Singing - £5

Sunday 10 August

Sadhana of Mahamudra




This very special practice evening will involve a video screening of the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche teaching on the Sadhana of Mahamudra followed by practising the Sadhana. There will be an opportunity for a discussion and drinks after the practice.




The practice will be taking place again on the following date, Sunday 10 August and continuing on or around the full moon evening on a monthly basis.  These dates will also continue the screenings of the teachings from Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on the Sadhana of Mahamudra.




All are welcome

Arrival 7pm, start 7.15pm, finish 10pm

Free of charge


Sunday 3 August

Singing Group

Join us for a monthly practice of exploring our voices through vocal exercises, and simple traditional songs and chants.

Inspired by the celebrated polyphonic songs of Georgia in the Caucasus, we will practice making sound in a way that enriches our connection to ourselves and others. All welcome. No experience of singing necessary.

This group will be led by Ali Warner.

Ali Warner is a meditation student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and follows the teaching of Frank Kane with his mastery of embodied voice through the study of ancient singing practices.

She sings traditional song and experimental free improvisation, and continues to explore how the expressive voice can strengthen communities.

This group is part of our monthly Open Afternoon.   


Timings: 5pm - 8pm

Cost: £5 (concessions available)

Sunday 3 August

Tea Salon

As part of the Shambhala Community day, the Tea Salon gives us the opportunity to gather in an uplifted environment, to socialize with each other and engage in the simple joy of conversation and drinking fine teas and eating delicious, homemade cakes..

We invite you to share in conversations that matter to you and are relevant to our world.


Click for full details of the Open Afternoon  

Timings: 3.30 - 5.00pm

Cost: £5 donation

Friday 5 to Sunday 7 September

Marcia Shibata: Shambhala Art - Parts 1 - 3

Discover the true source of creativity

Shambhala Art is awakening us to our endless pool of clear, creative energy. The view taught in this program can confirm that this source is ever present in each person. Shambhala Art does not emphasize any particular art discipline or even being an artist, but rather helps anyone discover his or her genuine creativity. When we become aware of and learn to touch this source moment to moment, we can recognize that our basic nature, innate in all human beings is our most valued ally.

Naturally, it is up to us to make the effort to cultivate our chosen discipline as well as nurture our relationship to this genuine ground. And by doing so, our life can become a joyful fountain of authentic creativity.

Shambhala Art is taught in 5 parts, parts 1- 3 will be presented at this programme. Beginners start with part 1; students who have completed parts at a previous programme may join again at a reduced programme fee (concessionary rate) or complete the parts of their choice. This three-day programme is taught by Marcia Shibata with Claire van Rhyn.

Shambhala Kado Master Marcia Shibata

Marcia Wang Shibata is a Master Shambhala Kado instructor and founder of Shambhala Kado. She was a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and now is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Marcia is an artist and teaches Kado and Shambhala Art. She has studied and practiced both classical and modern Ikebana schools in Japan and in the West. Marcia teaches from the view of nature’s truth, the Buddha Dharma and Shambhala warriorship.

Claire van Rhyn

Claire is a Shambhala Art teacher and European coordinator. She is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. With a background in art and design, Claire is a professional art educationalist and researcher.

For registration, information & concessions email:

Programme timings: 10am-6pm

Friday- Sunday (SA parts 1-3) £150/£105 concession, Saturday (SA part 2) £50/ £35 concession, Sunday (SA part 3) £50/ £35 concession

Saturday 27 to Sunday 28 September

The Art of Being Human

Shambhala Training Level One

'The way of the Great Eastern Sun is based on seeing that there is a natural source of radiance and brilliance in the world, which is the innate wakefulness of human beings.' Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

The Shambhala Training path of study and practice or the Way of Shambhala begins with The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level One.

The Way of Shambhala consists of five weekend programmes ("levels") and five evening courses which offer meditation instruction and practice, talks on the Shambhala teachings, group discussions and interviews.

Completing the Way of Shambhala provides the tools you need to establish a personal meditation discipline and take the basic principles of warriorship forward into your daily life.

Level One introduces the rich Shambhala tradition, which inspires and encourages us to explore and celebrate what it is to be human. During the weekend we begin to work with the practice of meditation which allows this gentle exploration to take place.

Level One offers both a good introduction for complete beginners and a fresh inspiration for those who may already have some experience of meditation within their own spiritual traditions.

Read more about the Way of Shambhala

Registration: Please send a cheque made payable to the London Shambhala Meditation Centre to 27 Belmont Close, London, SW4 6AY or call +44 (0)20 7720 3207+44 (0)20 7720 3207 to make a card payment by phone.  

The weekend begins on Saturday at approximately 9.00 am and finishes around 6.30-7 pm. Sunday continues from 9.00am ending roughly at 6.30pm. Lunch is provided on both days.

Cost: £120 (£100 if registering before 20 Sept). £70 Concessions available by prior application


No talks are available for listing at present.


Thursday 18 September to Thursday 16 October

Meditation in Everyday Life

An introductory evening course over five weeks

This five week evening course provides tools and teachings for working with meditation in everyday life. With simple instructions and support, mindfulness meditation can become part of our everyday lives and reveal our innate stability, clarity and strength.

Meditation in Everyday Life is one of the main introductions to meditation that we offer and we highly recommend it for anyone interested in meditation, Buddhism or Shambhala. It is suitable for complete beginners and can also provide fresh inspiration for those who may already have some experience of meditation within their own spiritual traditions.

This course is also one of the first parts of the evening course curriculum from the Way of Shambhala, an ongoing training in meditation and how we can use Buddhist teachings to awaken to our inherent potential.

Read more about the Way of Shambhala

To pre-register please call 020 7720 3207020 7720 3207 to make a card payment over the phone or send a deposit of £20 payable to: 'The London Shambhala Meditation Centre' c/o London Shambhala Meditation Centre, 27 Belmont Close, London, SW4 6AY

Dates: Thursdays 18th, 25th September, 2nd, 9th, 16th October


Timings: Arrival 7.15pm, start 7.30pm finish 9:30pm

£60 (£50 if booking by 11th September). £40 Concessions


Saturday 4 to Saturday 11 October

Cultivating Compassion: a Meditation Retreat

A seven day retreat at Lamledra House on the south Cornwall coast, with Shastri Peter Conradi and Shastri Jim O’Neill, Sat 4th – Sat 11th October 2014.

This retreat will be a time for meditation practice, enriched by teachings. It is open to both beginners and more advanced practitioners.

We will explore how the practice of meditation can help us make friends with ourselves and cultivate compassion for others.

Peter Conradi is a long-term student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and has been appointed by the Sakyong as a 'shastri', or senior teacher. He is English Professor Emeritus at Kingston University, and the author of a number of books including Going Buddhist and Iris Murdoch: A Life. He is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Jim O'Neill is a long-term student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and has been appointed by the Sakyong as a 'shastri', or senior teacher. He also works full time as a psychoanalyst.


Lamledra ( is a spacious Edwardian house in a secluded setting overlooking the sea, in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

If you are interested in attending this retreat and would like further details please email The maximum number of participants is 20, so early application is encouraged.

The cost is £400, early bird £375, which includes all meals and accommodation.

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