Please note: We’ll be closed on Monday, September 5 for Labor Day.


Welcome to the Boulder Shambhala Center

The Boulder Shambhala Center is a cultural institution dedicated to creating enlightened society: humanity’s expansive embodiment of bravery, compassion, and profound confidence in basic goodness.

The Boulder Shambhala Center was established by Tibetan Buddhist master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in1973. BSC now operates within an international organization of city and retreat centers under the guidance and protection of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Shambhala USA.

You can learn more about our vision for the upcoming years in our Strategic Plan.

Since death is certain and the time of death is uncertain, what is the most important thing__

New to meditation or the center?

Katie Baingbridge

Meditation is a practice that anyone can do, and it can become a lifelong path – especially if you are supported by a warm and vibrant community.

Join us for free instruction in mindfulness-awareness meditation, one of our public meditation sessions, a weekly introductory dharma talk, or one of our many evening and weekend programs based on the Shambhala teachings. We offer classes and meditation instruction for both beginners and people with years of experience.

We look forward to meeting you!


Featured Programs

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

August 26th—August 28th

Shambhala Training is a sequence of programs suitable for anyone interested in exploring meditation as a means to develop fearlessness, confidence, openness and gentleness toward ourselves and our world. Continue »

Miksang Contemplative Photography: Level 1

with Michael Levy

September 1st—September 29th

Miksang is a form of contemplative photography in which we see our world in a new and fresh way. Continue »

Introduction to Kalapa Ikebana: The Japanese Contemplative Art of Flowers

with Alexandra Shenpen

September 7th—October 5th

The contemplative art of flowers, ikebana or kado (the way of the flower), inspires us to pause and appreciate the immediacy of the seasons and our own state of mind. Beginners are warmly invited to this class. No prior ikebana experience is required. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior

with Angelika Behrooz

September 9th—September 11th

This weekend builds on the foundation of the meditation practice introduced in Shambhala Training Level I by exploring how habitual ways of thinking obscure the raw brilliance of the world. Continue »


with Shastri Holly Gayley, Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, Sherry Ellms, Sangyum Agness Au

September 10th—November 9th

This is the Basic Goodness Series - we're trying out a new name to emphasize society and how these teachings are applied to engage life on a personal level, to live as a human being on this earth, and to relate with others in a society. Open to all. Continue »

Illuminating Basic Goodness: Who Am I? Exploring Identity and Belonging

with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson & Shastri Holly Gayley

September 10th—September 28th

How do we develop a sense of self as separate from the world around us? This course explores the classic Buddhist teachings on ego, alongside current deliberations on social identities and systemic injustice in our society. Open to all. Continue »

Recent News

  • Fall2016_Ikebana

    New Kalapa Ikebana Class starting Sept 7!

    JUST ANNOUNCED: The contemplative art of flowers, ikebana or kado (the way of flowers), will be offered five Wednesday evenings starting Sept. 7 at BSC with Alexandra Shenpen, Sensei. Read more and register (click here).

  • View of Boulder from the First Flatiron. Credit Caine Delacy for The New York Times

    Boulder Shambhala Center featured in the NY Times

    We’re delighted to be featured in the NY Times article “36 hours in Boulder, Colo.” They suggest you drop in for our free Sunday Open House at 10:30am, we agree! We’d love to see you, please stop in. Read the article online (click here).