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.

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.


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, 10:30am–12pm

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

Monday Night Community Gathering: Conversations for Good

June 18th—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 »

Shambhala Art Intensive: All Five Parts

with Alexandra Shenpen, Elaine Yuen, Mindy Upton

June 27th—July 2nd

Shambhala Art is an arts education program. Here the creative process is more about perception than talent. Continue »

Shambhala Training Weekend I: The Art of Being Human

with Ellen Mains

July 6th—July 8th

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 »

Introduction to Shambhala Meditation: Proclaiming Basic Goodness

with Acharya Dale Asrael

July 14th—July 15th

Shambhala Meditation reveals the unconditional quality of our own innate nature to relieve the stress, suffering, and aggression of our times. Open to all. Continue »

Shambhala Arts Day for Kids

July 14th

We had so much fun exploring the arts in the spring that we are offering a program just for kids this summer! Continue »

Meditation in Everyday Life

July 17th—July 31st

This five-week course introduces meditation practice and teachings for working with meditation in everyday life. This program accompanies Shambhala Training Weekend I butcan be taken on its own. Continue »


  • June BSC Building Updates

    By Eileen Malloy, Director of Operations The ravens have fledged! The beginning was a bit inauspicious, with one of the fledglings landing on a car hood, where the car’s owner poked at it with a stick. This did not dissuade it from resting on the hood. This was not as bad as last year, when … Continue 

  • Buddhist Arts and Film Festival

    The Buddhist Arts and Film Festival launches July 6–8 at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder. Founded by Boulder residents Laura Weiss and Sarah Poppitz, this kick-off festival is themed “Wisdom Through Art,” with 12 films plus panel discussions, art exhibits, workshops, performances, exhibits, and music. Opening night features Hema Hema, a film by Dzongsar … Continue 

  • Rev. angel Kyodo williams: Why Your Liberation is Bound Up With Mine – Podcast 194

    by “Meditation in the City,” the New York Shambhala Center podcast In the face of today’s political and social unrest, is it possible to create a wise, kind, and strong human society? Rev. angel Kyodo williams speaks about how the collective process of waking up is closely related to the truth of interdependence. Listen here. Meditation … Continue