Welcome to the Boulder Shambhala Center

PLEASE NOTE: We’ll be closed on Tuesday, February 28 until 5pm. We regret any inconvenience.

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.


Open meditation practice (no instruction)
Monday – Friday: Noon – 1 pm & 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Sunday: 9 am – Noon

Free meditation instruction offered at these times:
-Sunday Open House  
Every Sunday: 10:30 am – 12 pm

-Monday Night Open Class (includes a talk)
Every Monday: 7 – 9 pm

-Young Sangha (ages 16 – late 30s)
Every Tuesday: 7 – 9 pm

-Wednesday Drop-in Meditation Instruction
Every Wednesday: 5 – 6 pm

Shambhala Week–Year of the Fire Bird

Shambhala Day
Monday, February 27
Shambhala Day Celebration, 9am-12:30ish
with the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo
Open to all, no registration needed.

Family and children’s activities concurrent with program in Shambhala Training Hall. Note, members- there isn’t a brunch scheduled at BSC, look for an email with your deleg’s Shambhala Week activity.

Note about seating: While it would be wonderful for everyone to sit together on Shambhala Day, it’s likely we’ll need to utilize multiple spaces (with access to the live broadcast set up and tested in advance). Of course, everyone will be invited up for a blessing from the Sakyong. Please also note that reserved seating is a way to extend appreciation for the efforts of the ever-changing leadership in our mandala.

Monday, February 27
Sadhana of Mahamudra Feast, 6pm
Open to all, please register below. $15/25

Click here to register for the feast.

Kalapa Werma Feast
Thursday, March 2, 6pm
The Sakyong is expected to attend.
Restricted to Werma practitioners, please register below. $25/40
Click here to register

Annual Lhasang at Chautauqua Park
Chautauqua Green
Baseline and Grant Streets, Boulder
Saturday, March 4, 10:30am
Open to all, no registration needed.

sponsored by Marpa House

Shambhala Gala
Saturday, March 4, 7pm
Open to all, please register below. $25/39/75
Catering by Three Leaf, DJ and dancing + Story Slam with Nina Rolle.
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA)
1750 13th Street, Boulder 80302
Click here for details and registration.

Please join us for:


Liberation Dharma in the Time of the Great Unraveling
with Joanna Macy

Thursday, March 9, 7-9pm

As we face what is happening to our country, our world–from accelerating climate chaos to oppressive use of police and surveillance powers–we can also discern guidance to be found in the Buddha Dharma.  The ancient teachings serve not only to steady the mind, but also to reveal the power and promise of Sangha for both resistance and creative change. To register click here.

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

Bodhi School for 5-10 year olds

January 15th—June 18th

Bodhi School is a monthly gathering of youth between the ages of 5-10 years old. Continue »

Shambhala Day 2017 - Year of the Firebird

February 27th

Please join us as we celebrate Shambhala Day 2017, the Year of the Firebird. All are welcome! Continue »

Shambhala Day Sadhana of Mahamudra Feast

with Barbara Smith

February 27th

We continue our Shambhala Day Celebration with a Sadhana of Mahamudra Feast. Everyone is invited to this Community celebratory event of practice, food, and conversation! Continue »

Kalapa Werma Feast -restricted to Tantrikas

March 2nd

Shambhala Tantrikas are invited to join the Sakyong for the Kalapa Werma Feast at the Boulder Shambhala Center.This event will include the unveiling of the new Imperial Rigden thangka.. Please register so we can provide enough food for everyone. Continue »

Annual Losar Lhasang at Chautauqua Park

March 4th

Please join us at Chautauqua Park for the Annual Losar Lhasang hosted by Marpa House Continue »

Shambhala Gala at BMoCA!

March 4th

Join us for dancing, food and drink by Three Leaf catering and Truth Be Told story slam with Nina Rolle! Bring your story and your dancing shoes. Continue »

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