Welcome to the Boulder Shambhala Center

PLEASE NOTE: On Monday, October 10 the building will open at 5:30pm.

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.

See our ad in the Sept. 22 “Boulderganic” special edition of the Boulder Weekly. Click here to register for this special program!


New to meditation or the center?

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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


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: What is Real? Touching the Sacred Earth

with Sherry Ellms & Shastri Holly Gayley

October 1st—October 19th

What would it mean to reassess our participation in the speed of modern society that is rapidly degrading our planet? This course explores the Buddhist teaching on interdependence and ways of being in right relationship with our environment. Continue »

LONG LIFE EMPOWERMENT with His Eminence Terton Namkha Drimed Rinpoche

October 9th

His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche will bestow a long-life empowerment Open to all.. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation: Proclaiming Basic Goodness

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche & Acharya Dale Asrael

October 14th—October 15th

This public program with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche introduces the essence of awareness through the three gestures of Shambhala Meditation. The entire vision of Shambhala can be experienced in this simple yet profound practice. Open to all. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with David Sanford

October 21st—October 23rd

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 »

Illuminating Basic Goodness: How Can I Help? Transforming Self and Society

with Sangyum Agness Au & Shastri Holly Gayley

October 22nd—November 9th

How can we draw out the goodness of others? How does this contribute to the larger culture and society? This course explores the Shambhala teachings of the four dignities to work with family, livelihood, entertainment, and wealth. Open to all. Continue »

Recent News

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    Shambhala Training Level 1: The Art of Being Human 10/21-23 HALF OFF for police, first responders…

    We’re pleased to announce that BSC will offer Shambhala Training Level 1: The Art of Being Human for half off tuition for all police and correctional officers, first responders, and service men and women.  The schedule is Friday 7-9pm, Saturday 8:30am-6pm, Sunday 8:30am-1pm. To register at this reduced rate email: finance@boulder.shambhala.org

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    Queen Mother of Bhutan at the Boulder Shambhala Center

    Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and his wife, The Sakyong Wangmo hosted The Queen Mother of Bhutan Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck at the Boulder Shambhala Center on Friday, September 23, 2016 for afternoon tea. The Queen Mother was greeted by center staff with traditional white katahs (scarfs) and after tea she toured the center’s main shrine room. … Continue