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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.

BSC was established by Tibetan Buddhist master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1973. It now operates within an international organization of city and retreat centers under the guidance of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Shambhala USA.

The #metoo movement is currently illuminating deep challenges within the international Shambhala community. Please learn more about our communal efforts to address this heartbreak through these resources


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

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

Bodhi Family

September 9th—December 9th

This fall, bring your family to the Boulder Shambhala Center to unplug and connect with each other and with other families. Classes begin with family meditation and contemplative activities that develop Strength, Confidence and Compassion. Continue »

Monday Night Community Gathering: Conversations for Good

October 8th—December 17th

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 »

Goodness Shared: A 24-Hour Sit-A-Thon

October 20th—October 21st

Equal parts fundraiser and contemplative community-builder—join the good cause that is good for you! 24-hour sitting begins at noon on Saturday, October 20th. Continue »

Traditional Daoist Qigong: Level 3

with Acharya Dale Asrael

October 27th—October 28th

Qigong is designed to cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through Taoist practices that integrate movement, breath, and qi or internal energy to promote health and longevity. Continue »

Refuge Vow Ceremony

with Acharya Holly Gayley

October 28th

The refuge vow is the ancient, traditional ceremony of becoming a Buddhist. "By taking the refuge vow, we commit ourselves to freedom." —Chögyam Trungpa Continue »

Primordial and Powerful: The Luminous Symbolism of Rigden and the Liberation of Yeshe Tsogyal

with Cynthia Moku & Acharya Holly Gayley

November 3rd

Learn about the symbolism of the Primordial Rigden in the morning with Cynthia Moku, the artist who created the painting on the Shambhala Center shrine... Continue »


  • Three BSC Satellite Staff Openings

    Satellite staff are a core group of volunteers who commit to serve the Boulder Shambhala Center for six months at a time in contracted positions. They work at least four hours a week in roles that are essential to the center’s day-to-day functioning, including cleaning and organizing the building, food shopping, watering plants, and reordering … Continue 

  • XOL ORIGINAL Four Directions Footwear Line: Upcycled Shoes

    By Valentino Romero Hello Diverse Shambhala Family, May we all be splendid in limitless original ways. I have been a part of the Shambhala community since 2005 as a mechanic at SMC. You can imagine how messy and fun that was! From there, given that I was well prepared to live on next to zero … 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