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


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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!


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

Featured Programs

Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re In without Going Crazy—Book Club

with Christine Lincoln & George Ramsey

August 18th—October 13th

Please join us for a study/action group at Boulder Shambhala. Do you start to feel crazy every time someone mentions climate change? There is an alternative. Continue »

Teaching With Bravery

with Acharya Noel McLellan

August 25th - Date postponed or cancelled

Gaining strength for the school year. Stepping onto the inner path. Discovering and enjoying a community of practice. Open to teachers and youth workers at any level, parents, and anyone who works with other people!  Continue »

We Are Not Princesses—Film Screening

August 28th

Please join us for a screening of Boulder Shambhala member Bridgette Auger's film "We Are Not Princesses." Free to attend and open to all! Continue »

Mindful Cinema's Summer-long Environmental Film Festival

August 30th

A Summer-long Environmental Film Festival with biweekly themes on caring for our planet—and a potluck dinner, 6:30–9:30 pm Continue »

Parenting as Path

with Elizabeth Martin

September 3rd—October 1st

Please join us as we apply ancient and modern contemplative techniques, engage in discussions, and add to our parenting toolbox. Continue »

The Bardos in Everyday Life

with Andrew Holecek

September 3rd—October 1st

For the awakened ones, death is an illusion, and this course will lead you to that awakening. Continue »