Welcome to the Boulder Shambhala Center!

About Us
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 in 1973. 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.


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, 10:30am–12pm

Monday Night Community Gathering: Conversations for Good
Mondays, 7–9pm

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!

Featured Programs

Community Practice Morning: Returning to the Ground

with Acharya Dale Asrael & Shastri Janet Solyntjes

July 22nd

This morning of meditation will include basic sitting practice, mindful movement, Shambhala Meditation, compassion practice, and inquiry. Continue »

Monday Night Community Gathering: Conversations for Good

July 23rd—December 31st

Come engage, practice and mingle–a perfect way to start your week! Join us Mondays from 7-9pm for this free, drop-in program. Continue »

Meditation in Everyday Life

July 24th—July 31st

This course provides introductory tools and teachings to weave the insights of meditation into daily life. With simple instructions and support, meditation practice can become an integral part of our lives, increasing our stability, strength, and clarity. Continue »

Breema Bodywork

July 28th

A free offering to the Boulder Shambhala community. Breema supports harmony among body, mind, and feelings, and a deeper connection to the world around you. Continue »

Shambhala Training II: Birth of the Warrior

with Shastri Calryn Aston

August 3rd—August 5th

This program builds on the foundation of the meditation practice introduced in Shambhala Training I by exploring how habitual ways of thinking obscure the raw brilliance of the world. Continue »

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Shastri Calryn Aston

August 7th—September 4th

Through the gentle precision of meditation practice, we can learn to appreciate ourselves and our simple, day-to-day human experiences. This class is open to everyone. It will be held on five Tuesday evenings. Continue »


  • Tales of Yesteryear & the Future

    By Eileen Malloy, Director of Operations I have been in communication with Paul Kloppenburg, who installed the golden tser togs on the roof back in the old days. 1986 or something like that. So when the contractor and architect for the roof asked me, “How did they get them up there?” I could with a … Continue 

  • June BSC Building Updates

    By Eileen Malloy, Director of Operations The ravens have fledged! The beginning was a bit inauspicious, with one of the fledglings landing on a car hood, where the car’s owner poked at it with a stick. This did not dissuade it from resting on the hood. This was not as bad as last year, when … Continue 

  • Buddhist Arts and Film Festival

    The Buddhist Arts and Film Festival launches July 6–8 at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder. Founded by Boulder residents Laura Weiss and Sarah Poppitz, this kick-off festival is themed “Wisdom Through Art,” with 12 films plus panel discussions, art exhibits, workshops, performances, exhibits, and music. Opening night features Hema Hema, a film by Dzongsar … Continue