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.

Please join us for:


VIGIL FOR THE EARTH One People, One Planet
Monday, January 23, 7-9 pm

This inclusive vigil will provide space for healing and contemplation on behalf of our planet and all its people after the inaugural weekend. With presenters from multiple faiths, the vigil will engage in meditation and prayer, song and movement, dialogue and artistic performance. For more information, email Lise Hildebrandt, lisehild@yahoo.com or Christine Lincoln at crimsonskies@earthlink.net. All are welcome! Free, drop in program-no registration required.

A GreenFaith First 100 Hours Vigil, co-sponsored by:
Boulder Shambhala Center, 350.org, Boulder Ecodharma Sangha,
Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center and the People’s Climate Movement

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

Room to Breathe: A Conversation Series for Uncertain Times

December 14th—February 1st

The events of the past few months have changed our world. The question on many people's minds is: How do we move forward? We welcome all points of view and look forward to this opportunity to engage these questions together. Continue »

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 »

Joy in Everyday Life

with Nina Rolle & Margery Lynch

January 19th—February 16th

This course expands the meditation experience by cultivating the noble heart of the mahayana teachings, opening the path to the virtue and celebration of compassion. Continue »

Exploring the Bardos of Life and Death with Sam Bercholz and Pema Thaye

with Samuel Bercholz

January 21st

Sam Bercholz, the visionary founder of Shambhala Publications and influential figure in disseminating Buddhist teachings and Eastern wisdom in the West, will discuss the bardos of life and death. Pema Thaye, an artist and tulku, will co-teach. Continue »

VIGIL FOR THE EARTH One People, One Planet

January 23rd

This inclusive vigil will provide space for healing and contemplation on behalf of our planet and all its people after the inaugural weekend. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior

with Jill Cohen

January 27th—January 29th

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 »

Recent News

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    Just announced: Exploring the Bardos of Life and Death with Sam Bercholz and Pema Thaye Jan. 21

    Sam Bercholz is the author of “A Guided Tour of Hell: A Graphic Memoir”. Pema Thaye is an artist and tulku. They will co-teach this day long program–exploring the bardos of life and death. What is a bardo? Bardo is commonly used to denote the intermediate state between death and rebirth, but in reality bardos … Continue 

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    Bodhi School (for 5-10 year olds) starts Jan 15!

    This six month cycles of classes at the Boulder Shambhala Center is a gentle and fun way to  introduce young warriors to core concepts and imagery of Shambhala, such as basic goodness, gentleness, compassion, and confidence. Children will experience guided activities and exploration of basic meditation, Shambhala arts and good old fashioned fun! Click here … Continue