Welcome to the Boulder Shambhala Center

Please note: We will be closed November 23-25, 2017 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We regret any inconvenience.

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

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

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

-Social Meditation
Every Wednesday: 7 – 8:30 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!

Featured Programs

Monday Night Community Gathering: Conversations for Good

November 13th—December 18th

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 »

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

with Shastri Calryn Aston

December 1st—December 3rd

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 »

Being Kindness – Sit to Benefit

December 9th—December 10th

A Fundraiser that Builds Community Continue »

Winter Solstice Children's Day Celebration

December 17th

On this day we celebrate the children of the sangha and bring warmth, light, and cheerfulness to the darkest time of the year. Continue »

Joy in Everyday Life

with Shastri Calryn Aston

January 11th—February 8th (2018)

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 (2018)

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 »

Recent News

  • Join the Shambhala Chorus! Rehearsals Dec, 2, 9 + 16

    The Shambhala Chorus, under the direction of Bill Douglas, will be meeting on the first 3 Saturdays of December: December 2, 9 and 16, from 10 to 11 am in the Boulder Shambhala Center Community Room. The chorus will perform on Children’s Day December 17. The chorus is open to all. We will sing traditional … Continue 

  • Join us for “Being Kindness …Tonight!” THIS SATURDAY

    Join us for Being Kindness …Tonight! A fundraiser for the Boulder Shambhala Center Featuring: –Live music by Whiskey Autumn back by popular demand! –Silent Auction with items perfect for gift giving –Light Buffet –Games! with Shelly Webb with prizes including retreats at Shambhala Mountain Center and Marpa House –Grand Prize Raffle Drawing Details: Participate in … Continue