Welcome to Adelaide Shambhala Meditation Group

The Adelaide Shambhala Meditation Group is a vibrant, welcoming and supportive community dedicated to recognising and revealing the innate goodness within us all.

Shambhala presents the wisdom traditions of Buddhism and Tibet through accessible, modern and dynamic teachings. The teachings and practices uncover the compassion, clarity, joy and goodness within ourselves and each other, and connect us to the natural world.

We offer free meditation instruction for beginners and support for experienced practitioners with a range of meditation sessions, courses and retreats. You are warmly invited to join us!


Programs for 2019

Save the dates!

We are very fortunate to be hosting visiting senior teacher Acharya Emily Bower in April.  Acharya Bower has been practicing in the Shambhala International Buddhist community since 1987, she brings over 30 years of experience including interests in practicing sanity in challenging situations, contemplating kindness, end of life care and relating with grief and loss.

Please note that there are a couple of changes to our regular Open House and Full-day programs in April to accommodate other programs, see the updates below and our program calendar for details. 

Monday 15th April (starting at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm)

Join us for an evening at the Quakers Meeting Hall with Acharya Emily Bower on the topic:  “Mindfulness Can Be Fun and Don’t Believe Everything You Think”

This is a public program, everyone is welcome, a donation of $10 is suggested to help cover the costs associated with the program.


Summer 2020 Meditation Retreat

with Acharya Dale Asrael 

3 January – 18 January 2020

Shambhala Australia is pleased to announce that we are holding a two-week retreat in January 2020 in country Victoria.

A two-week retreat – called a half-dathün, (dathün is Tibetan for “moon session”)  – is an in-depth introduction to and deepening of the mindfulness-awareness meditation technique. Doing this practice transforms how we relate to ourselves and everyday life by allowing us to get to know our mind and patterns.

Half-dathüns also explore the Shambhala principle of basic goodness — that we are all, at the core, worthy and complete. Learning this principle is a journey whereby we make friends with who we are and draw out our inherent fearlessness.

The 2020 retreat follows two previous summer retreats in 2018 and 2019. Our venue is in beautiful hill country in central Victoria. Accommodation is comfortable, and the food is tasty and nourishing.

There will be options to attend the first week as well as the full two weeks.

Further information and registration will be available in May 2019.

Please consider joining us!


  • Open House is a lovely way to engage with the practice of meditation, fellow meditator’s and the wisdom teachings of Shambhala. No experience is necessary and individual meditation instruction is available.
  • Open House is also available via Zoom (similar to Skype). If you would like to join us online for Monday night Open House, you can log-in via  Zoom software. Click on the link above at around 6.45, install the software and join us online at 7.00 pm.

New Zoom Link for Open House: https://zoom.us/j/671305477

  • Full-day of meditation is on the third Saturday of each month commencing on Saturday 16 February.  A full-day of meditation is a great way to explore, deepen and energise your meditation practice in the presence of others. This is true whether you are just starting out or if you are already an experienced meditator. The day will include periods of sitting meditation interspersed with walking meditation, gentle stretching, and time for some group discussion and reflection. A shared lunch provides the opportunity to continue to explore our discussions informally, enjoy good food or just catch up with your fellow meditator’s.

Keep an eye on this website and/or join our mail-list to receive regular updates.


Information on allegations against the Sakyong 

In response to serious allegations of sexual misconduct and clerical abuse by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche (Shambhala’s Halifax-based leader), Shambhala International has taken a number of steps.  An Interim Board of Directors has been appointed by the Transition Task Force to oversee fiduciary and legal responsibilities and a Process Team is now organised to look at a new approach to community leadership in Shambhala. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has stepped aside from teaching and administrative duties. More detailed information including frequently asked questions and regular updates are available from websites hosted by the Interim Board (https://board.shambhala.org/) and the Process Team (https://shambhala-process-team.org/) We will continue to post email updates we receive and point of other information and resources, please follow the link…  Continue 


 “In meditation we are constantly discovering who and what we are.”  Chögyam Trungpa