About Us

The Shambhala Meditation Center of West Chester, PA is part of an international community of more than 200 Shambhala centers and groups. We offer programs and classes in meditation and the contemplative arts, free individual meditation instruction, and a vibrant, diverse community of members and friends who study and practice together.

In September 2012 Jay Lippman called a meeting for anyone interested in forming a Shambhala Meditation Group in West Chester. From that meeting, we quickly became a community and started meeting at Jay’s house and at the West Chester Boro building where Jay taught classes and led meditation.

In 2013 we were able to start this website, and with the generosity of the West Chester Friends, were able to use their meetinghouse for open meditation and evening classes in a public space. Margaret Ervin and Dan Antal became Shambhala Guides and gave initial meditation instruction to many new faces who soon became good friends.

In October of 2015 we secured a lease on a space in downtown West Chester, and in November of 2015 we officially transitioned from a Shambhala Meditation Group to a Shambhala Meditation Center. In September 2016 we leased another room in the building to use as a classroom and children’s room.

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What We Offer

The West Chester Meditation Center meets regularly to practice meditation, study dharma, and strengthen our community.

We offer  Community meditation  on Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings. We also run extended day-long and half-day meditation sessions on a continuing basis.

We also offer courses in the Way of Shambhala Way of Shambhala curriculum, such as “Meditation in Everyday Life”, and Buddhist dharma classes. To see our current and upcoming classes, see our Classes and Events page.

Finally, we meet for community events and celebrations of nyida days (winter, spring, summer, and fall seasonal celebrations). We also have movie nights, book discussion groups, contemplative arts programs, and other community-focused events.