Welcome to the Akron-Canton Shambhala Center



The Akron-Canton Shambhala Meditation Center is a part of an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche and headed by Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche. We are part of a global community which aspires to awaken kindness, goodness and wisdom within society.

This vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness.

 We invite you to explore our diverse programs designed to help people of all traditions discover their inherent sanity, gentleness and humor.

Our Center is located at 1707 Front Street in Cuyahoga Falls.  Plenty of free parking is available.

A group meets in Fremont (between Akron and Toledo) on Saturdays from 12:30 to 2:00 PM. Please contact Marlene Ellis, 419-902-9918 or mellis@elo-law.com, for more information.


New to Meditation?

Meditation Instruction is available at no cost.

Please come 30 minutes before open meditation:

Tuesday at 11:30 AM, Wednesday at 6:30 PM

Friday at 9:30 AM and Sunday at 9:30 AM


New Open Meditation in 2015

Starting January 4, 2015, open sitting will be offered Sunday at 10:00 AM.

If this is your first time please come at 9:30 AM for meditation instruction.


Darma Discussions

(formerly Buddhism 101)

Meditation starts at 7:00 PM
Discussion 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
 Please join us every Wednesday evening for Dharma Discussions: a discussion group on the Buddhist teachings.
For more information, please click here.


Featured Programs

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Melissa Van & Robert Carterette

January 29th—March 5th

Contentment can be hard to find. Much of the time we search for contentment in things, achievements or relationships. With meditation practice, we relax with ourselves and appreciate simple human experiences. This course builds on the discovery of basic g Continue »

Shambhala Day: Year of the Wood Sheep

March 1st

Please join us for our annual Shambhala Day (Tibetan New Year) celebration. This is our most important holiday, and an opportunity to meet all of the local Shambhala Community. 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 →

Katie Baingbridge

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 →


Click here to view the Sakyong’s 2014 Shambhala Day address

to the international Shambhala community.


Click here to view Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s daily contemplations.


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