Welcome to the Boulder Shambhala Center!

The Boulder Shambhala Center is a cultural institution dedicated to humanity’s expansive embodiment of bravery, compassion, and profound confidence in basic goodness. BSC was established by Tibetan Buddhist master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1973. It now operates within an international organization of city and retreat centers.


Weekly Free Drop-In Programs

Open Meditation Practice
Does not include meditation instruction
Monday–Friday: 12–1pm and 5:30–6:30pm
Sunday: 9am–12pm

Sunday Open House  
Sundays, 9:30–11am

Heart of Recovery
Addiction recovery support
Tuesdays, 5:30pm

Young Sangha Gathering
Ages 16–late 30s
Tuesdays, 7–9pm

Wednesday Drop-In Meditation Instruction
Wednesdays, 5–6pm


New to Meditation or the Center?

Katie Baingbridge

Anyone can meditate, and meditation can be a lifelong path—especially with the support of a warm, 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!


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Featured Programs

Contentment in Everyday Life

April 23rd—May 21st

This course provides an exploration of genuine contentment, the foundational views of the Buddhist teachings, and meditation in action for daily life. Continue »

Family Meditation and Meal Get Together

May 30th

Have you wondered if you'll ever have time to meditate being a parent? Have you wanted to expose your children to meditation but can't find the proper setting? Let's support each other! We'll get together and sit. Continue »

Mindfulness in Motion

with Richard Merrill

May 31st—June 2nd

In this weekend retreat we will explore the unique and provocative teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness within a context of sitting meditation and contemplative movement practices. Continue »

Immeasurable Wisdom: A Mahayana City Retreat

with Michelle De Raismes

June 16th—June 22nd

In these tumultuous times, many of us feel our lives are overfull and find it hard to take care of ourselves. It can be rare to have an opportunity to gather in the simplicity of meditation practice. Continue »

Walking the Bodhisattva Path

June 19th—July 17th

This five-class course with one morning practice intensive is based on the profound teachings of the Buddha, Najarjuna, Asanga, and the lineage teachings of Shambhala. Continue »

Midsummer's Day

June 22nd

Please join us for our annual celebration of the summer solstice! BSC members and friends are cordially invited to celebrate the beginning of summer with a lhasang, potluck picnic, nature hike, pie contest, fun and games. Continue »