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.

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

September 10th—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 »

Sadhana of Mahamudra Three-Part Course

with Barbara Smith

September 13th—September 27th

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s classic book Cutting through Spiritual Materialism is said to be a commentary on the Sadhana of Mahamudra. Please join Barbara Smith in this three-session course to study both the sadhana and the text . Continue »

Shambhala Training I: The Art of Being Human

with Margot Iseman

September 25th—October 9th

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 »

Way of Shambhala 2018–2019 Full Cycle

September 25th

An opportunity to do the entire Way of Shambhala series in a year at a 40% discount. This package includes all five Shambhala Training programs and all five "In Everyday Life" courses. Programs available in weekend, morning, and evening formats. Continue »

Caring for Our Community

with The Druk Sakyong Wangmo, Lady Diana Mukpo

September 28th—September 29th

The Boulder Shambhala Center is delighted to welcome Lady Diana Mukpo to Boulder. There will be several opportunities to engage with her. 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