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.

Please note: BSC will be closed November 22–24 for Thanksgiving.


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!


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

Featured Programs

Training the Mind and Awakening the Heart

with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson & Acharya Susan Skjei

November 7th—January 23rd (2019)

Training the Mind (Tibetan "lojong") is a traditional Buddhist teaching on how to awaken our heart of compassion. This community gathering includes teachings on the Atisha slogans and the six paramitas. Continue »

Bodhi Family

November 11th—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

November 12th—December 17th

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 »

Community Practice Afternoon

December 1st

Please join in an afternoon of community practice, all of us gathering with our diverse practices to meditate as one community. The Main Shrine Room will be arranged to accommodate shamatha, ngöndro, and sadhana practices in the Shambhala, Kagyu, and Nyin Continue »

Shambhala Training I for Youth: The Art of Being Human

with Solomon Halpern

December 7th—December 9th

The Boulder Shambhala Center is excited to announce an opportunity for youth in the Front Range area to gain a foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation practice. Teens, it's time to make friends with yourself! Continue »

Shambhala Chorus

with Bill Douglas

December 8th—December 22nd

The Shambhala Chorus will meet three times in December to prepare for the Winter Solstice Children’s Day festivities. During the event on December 22, we will lead the children in singing uplifting Shambhala and Buddhist songs as part of the celebration. Continue »


  • Disruption: A Reflection on the Women’s Circle

      By Emma Fox, leader of the Women’s Circle at BSC Recently, I have been feeling so many things stirred up in my female body. Rage, grief, shame, guilt, painful longing. It feels like each time I come up for air, there at the surface awaits more news about violence against a black or brown … Continue 

  • BSC Practice and Education Director Job Opening

      The Boulder Shambhala Center is looking for a new Practice and Education Director. This is a full time position starting on February 3rd, 2019. We are seeking a three-year commitment. The P&E director position is both administrative and visionary. The Director is responsible for creating an annual schedule that includes Way of Shambhala programming, … 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