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Welcome to the Boulder Shambhala Center

PLEASE NOTE: We’ll be closed on May 29 to observe Memorial Day, 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 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?

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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!


Save the dates:
BSC’s 2nd Annual Climate Change Symposium
Living Beyond Hope and Fear: Warrior Principle, Climate Action
September 15-17, 2017
Click here to read more.

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Featured Programs

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Melissa Robinson & Shastri Calryn Aston

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 »

Growing Brave: Families and Children in Shambhala

June 3rd—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 »

Monday Night Community Gathering: Conversations for Good

June 5th—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 »

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 »

Vaishakha Day

June 11th

Vaishakha Day is a major Buddhist holiday which commemorates three major events in the life of the historic Shakyamuni Buddha: his birth, enlightenment, and pairinirvana. Continue »

Garuda Social Club

June 15th

Garuda Social Club is a monthly gathering to celebrate the arts and the Shambhala community! Enjoy live culture Continue »

Recent News

  • The Boulder Shambhala Center designated as a local landmark

    The Boulder Shambhala Center received the first of two awards commemorating its designation as a local landmark at a ceremony held at the Chautauqua Park Community Center on Monday night. The first is a framed paper certificate, the second will be a bronze plaque to install on the building’s exterior. The plaque describes the building’s … Continue 

  • Monday Night Community Gathering: Conversations for Good starts June 5!

    We are delighted to launch our new weekly Monday night event, Monday Night Community Gathering: Conversations for Good on Monday, June 5 with Shastri Holly Gayley from 7-9pm. A community event for both the Boulder Shambhala Center community and new-comers (please invite your friends!), each week features a Shambhala teacher leading discussion on contemporary topics … Continue