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.


ONGOING WEEKLY DROP-IN PROGRAMS (Free)

Open meditation practice (no instruction)
Monday – Friday: Noon – 1 pm & 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Sunday: 9 am – Noon

Free meditation instruction offered at these times:
-Sunday Open House  
Every Sunday: 10:30 am – 12 pm

-Monday Night Community Gathering: Conversations for Good
Every Monday: 7 – 9 pm

-Heart of Recovery
addiction recovery support
Every Tuesday: 5:30 pm

-Young Sangha (ages 16 – late 30s)
Every Tuesday: 7 – 9 pm

-Wednesday Drop-in Meditation Instruction
Every Wednesday: 5 – 6 pm


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!

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Click here to learn more about Shambhala Training Level One: The Art of Being Human

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Shambhala Day Events
Friday, February 16
-Shambhala Day Celebration, 9am
Family and children’s activities concurrent with program
-Sadhana of Mahamudra Feast, 6pm

Saturday, February 17
Annual Lhasang at Chautauqua Park sponsored by Marpa House, 10:30am

Sunday, February 18
Kalapa Werma Feast, time to be announced

Saturday, February 24
Shambhala Gala, 7pm

Featured Programs

Monday Night Community Gathering: Conversations for Good

January 8th—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 »

Joy in Everyday Life

with Shastri Calryn Aston

January 11th—February 8th

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 »

Awakening In Society: What is Real?

with Acharya Susan Skjei

January 16th—February 13th

What really matters in our lives? How do we care for our planet and for each other? This course explores the Buddhist teaching on interdependence to find what is important in order to live a meaningful life. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Mary Kubicki

January 19th—January 21st

Shambhala Training is a sequence of programs for anyone exploring meditation in order to be a more dignified person through developing openness, gentleness, fearlessness, and confidence toward ourselves and our world. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior

with John Cobb

February 9th—February 11th

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 »

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World AT MARPA HOUSE

February 23rd—February 25th

In Shambhala Training Level III, we work in a deliberate way. We make an effort to bring the mindfulness and awareness cultivated during our meditation practice into all aspects of our daily life. Continue »

Recent News

  • The Path Through Obstacles by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

    Obstacles aren’t to be avoided. When we apply the right antidotes, they are the path itself. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche diagnoses the different types of obstacles we face and prescribes the proper remedies. Whatever our level of meditation practice, there will always be obstacles. The Tibetan word for obstacle, parche, means “what cuts our progress.” In … Continue 

  • The People of Color Scholarship Fund

    This scholarship fund was created in 2005, based on the inspiration of members of the Shambhala community from Chicago, Baltimore and New York Centers. Several of us saw that there was a gap in the visibility of People of Color in leadership and teaching positions across the mandala. While Shambhala had created a working group … Continue