Getting Started

Welcome to the Boulder Shambhala Center!

We look forward to getting to know you. Please feel welcome to explore our website and stop by the center for a visit.

The Boulder Shambhala Center is part of Shambhala, an international community of more than 200 meditation centers and groups founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and led by Sakyong Mipham RinpocheYou can learn much more about us in the “Shambhala section of this website. 

We offer extensive training in meditation through introductory classes, curriculum-based programs and individual meditation instruction.

Shambhala is not just about meditation; it is also about culture. Meditation helps us to synchronize our body and our mind in order to be present, awake, and complete. We apply the sanity, clarity, and presence developed in meditation to our everyday life. Relating to our life in this way creates a dignified human culture, with qualities of kindness, love, and compassion.

All Shambhala Centers welcome anyone interested in the practice of meditation and anyone who aspires to expand the experience of gentleness and nonaggression into all areas of life.

How to begin

You are invited to attend any of these activities and gatherings so you can learn more about the Boulder Shambhala Center and its community:

  • Visit an Open House any Sunday morning from 10:30 am – 12 noon.
  • Register for a half-day Beginning to Meditate course. They’re offered on the last Saturday of each month from 9 am – 12 noon.

Please feel welcome to explore and participate! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the center.


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 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 »

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

March 9th

Please join us for this talk from eco-philosopher, Buddhist scholar, and deep ecology activist/teacher Joanna Macy. Open to all. Continue »

Meditation in Everyday Life

March 14th—April 11th

Meditation in Everyday Life introduces mindfulness meditation practice and teachings for working with meditation in everyday life. This program accompanies Shambhala Training Level I, but it can be taken on its own. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Walter Taylor

March 17th—March 19th

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 »