Welcome to the Akron-Canton Shambhala Center

 New Location in June

Starting Tuesday, June 2, 2015 we will be meeting at The Church in Silver Lake, 2951 Kent Road (Route 59), Silver Lake, between Cuyahoga Falls and Stow. See Our Location for directions and map.

Social Event: August 30 Outing

We are pleased to announce the first in a series of social events for the Akron Shambhala community—an outing (picnic, games, boat rides!) at West Branch State Park on Sunday, August 30 from 2 pm to 6 pm. This is a pot-luck celebration: please bring something to share.

We are meeting at Picnic Area A and the boat ride will be at the marina (thanks to Dave). To get there follow these directions:

Take I-76 East from Akron
Take OH 14 (Exit 43) South toward Alliance
Turn left (East) on Tallmadge Rd. (Rt. 18)
Turn left (North) on Alliance Rd.
Continue on Cable Line Rd. and look for signs to Picnic Area A and the marina.

Or put the following into your map program or GPS:
West Branch Marina, 8109 Cable Line Rd., Ravenna, OH

Any questions, contact Shayne, shayne.terry9510@gmail.com, or Megan, mmamolen@kent.edu, or call her the day of the outing at 216-978-1401.


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.

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.

Open meditation times are: Tuesday at noon, Wednesday at 7 PM

Friday at 10 AM and Sunday at 10 AM


Dharma Discussions

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.


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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 →

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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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