Welcome to the Boulder Shambhala Center

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.


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 Open Class (includes a talk)
Every Monday: 7 – 9 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!


Celebrate Boulder Earth Week with our Salon for Climate Change and Society!

This month our April salon will be a “salon without borders,” meaning we will not hold a formal salon on April 16, but instead invite you to participate in the array of activities happening locally during Boulder Earth Week. To view the rich calendar of events organized by C3, Boulder’s Climate Culture Collaborative please see Boulder Earth Week Calendar.

In particular, we would like to invite you to join us for these events which Salon members are helping to host.

Open group meditation practice from 12 noon to 1pm, Monday through Friday during Earth Week, 4/17-21, in the Main Shrine Room at Boulder Shambhala Center. The sessions will include short contemplative readings related to care for the earth.

An Interfaith Vigil for the Earth (the second) on Monday, April 24 from 6:30 to 9pm in the Main Shrine Room at Boulder Shambhala Center. Please see the beautiful flyer attached. For more information, or to volunteer for the Interfaith Vigil, please contact Christine Lincoln at crimsonskies (at) earthlink.net

The Peoples’ Climate March on Saturday, April 29 (Denver) If you are interested in traveling together with others from the Salon please contact Emily Takahashi at golden_summer (at) msn.com

In May, the Salon will return to its usual borders on Sunday, May 21 from 2-4 pm at the Boulder Shambhala Center. We are excited to host a panel on fracking in Colorado organized by local reporter Cara Wertheimer. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.

Save the dates:
BSC’s 2nd Annual Climate Change Symposium
Living Beyond Hope and Fear: Climate Symposium 2017
September 15-17, 2017


Featured Programs

Earth Week Vigil: Holding our World

with Shastri Holly Gayley

April 24th

As the culmination of Earth Week in Boulder, please join us for an evening of interfaith reflection through poetry, music, contemplation, and dialogue at the Boulder Shambhala Center, 6:30-9pm on Monday, April 24th. Continue »

Growing Brave: Families and Children in Shambhala

May 6th—August 5th

Please join us to watch the Growing Brave Series as a community. The talks are inspiring and relevant beyond the reaches of families with children, but a profoundly important view and discussion for Shambhala warriors who aspire to create a full and vibra Continue »

Spring Arts Day and Craft Sale

May 20th

Boulder Shambhala Center invites you to discover meditative arts such as kyudo (archery), healing arts and martial arts. Demonstrations and hands-on classes. Join us for all or part of the day. Children are welcome! Continue »

Bodhi School for 5-10 year olds

May 21st—June 18th

Bodhi School is a monthly gathering of youth between the ages of 5-10 years old. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

May 26th—May 28th

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 »

Creating Enlightened Society: From Sacred Outlook to Sacred Activism

with Acharya Martin Janowitz

June 9th—June 10th

Creating Enlightened Society is not philosophy. Acharya Janowitz will guide us as we explore how Shambhala teachings on kindness, courage and wakefulness might be applied in community service, activism and just plain life. Continue »

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