Welcome to the Boulder Shambhala Center

Please note:
The building will open at 5pm on Monday, July 24 and Tuesday, July 25
-all scheduled evening programs will proceed as scheduled
The building will be closed on Monday, July 31
for the installation of new flooring.
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.


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

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!

Registration is now open for:

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 and register.

Featured Programs

Monday Night Community Gathering: Conversations for Good

July 24th—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 I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Andrew Sacamano

August 25th—August 27th

Shambhala Training is a sequence of programs for anyone exploring meditation in order to be a more dignified person through developing fearlessness, confidence, openness and gentleness toward ourselves and our world. Continue »

27th Commemoration for the Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin

August 25th

Please join us for the 27th Commemoration for the Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin. Continue »

Meditation in Everyday Life

September 7th—October 5th

Meditation in Everyday Life introduces mindfulness meditation practice and teachings for working with meditation in everyday life. This program accompanies Shambhala Training Level I, but it can be taken on its own. Continue »

Rigden: Unconditional Confidence

with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

September 8th—September 10th

The Rigden is a representation of our inherent enlightened nature and embodies the principle of unconditional bravery. Continue »

Living Beyond Hope and Fear: Warrior Principle, Climate Action

with Acharya Martin Janowitz & Sahar Alsahlani

September 15th—September 17th

Please register on this page for the complete weekend symposium. Please join us for our 2nd annual climate change summer symposium. Continue »

Recent News

  • David Brooks of the NYT on “Moral Vacuum”

    BSC and Shambhala generally are interested in matters pertaining to cultivating kindness in society. This article, which references the president’s family, is not posted here to defame them. Rather the article provides an interesting look at how much effort it actually takes to block natural kindness from occurring. An excerpt from the article: “I repeat … Continue 

  • Meet the Presenter: Sahar Alsahlani

    Meet the co-presenter of our 2nd Annual Climate Change Symposium. Sahar Alsahlani is a member of the Executive Council of Religions for Peace USA as a representative of the Al Khoei Foundation. She currently lives and works at Stony Point Retreat Center with the Community of Living Traditions. The Symposium “Living Beyond Hope and Fear: … Continue