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.


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

-Heart of Recovery
addiction recovery support
Every Tuesday: 5:30 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!


Featured Programs

Monday Night Community Gathering: Conversations for Good

March 26th—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 »

Bodhisattva Class

with Barbara Smith

March 26th—April 9th

Bodhisattvas take a vow to work for the benefit of others until all have attained enlightenment. This course is based on the Bodhisattva Vow sourcebook and is open to all, whether or not you intend to take the Bodhisattva Vow. Continue »

Spring Arts Day

March 31st

Boulder Shambhala Center invites you to discover meditative arts. Demonstrations and hands-on classes. Join us for all or part of the day. Children are welcome! Continue »

Beginning Kalapa Ikebana: Way of Flowers–Session 1

with Alexandra Shenpen

April 1st—April 25th

"Basic goodness is like a flower arrangement, which has its own contrast and its own togetherness. It is completely together, at the same time both inviting and fearless." From "True Perception" by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche Continue »

Parinirvana of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche - Sadhana of Mahamudra Feast

April 4th

On April 4th, we will commemorate the 31st anniversary of the Parinirvana of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Throughout the day there will be practice, concluding with a Sadhana of Mahamudra Feast at 6:00pm. All are welcome. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Sangyum Valerie Lorig

April 6th—April 8th

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 »

Recent News

  • Job Opening: Communications and Publicity Manager at the Boulder Shambhala Center

    Boulder Shambhala Center (BSC) is looking for a new Communications and Publicity Manager – is that you? In this role, you will be promoting our continuous flow of classes and events, and working alongside BSC’s staff and volunteers to offer a kind and welcoming space to all our members and visitors. Responsibilities Include: -Promoting classes … Continue 

  • Spring Arts Day 3/31 featured Boulder event!

    We appreciate our friends at All Things Boulder calling out BSC’s upcoming Spring Arts Day (March 31, 11am-4pm) as a top “to do” in March! We agree! We’re proud to be part of Boulder Arts Week. Get us on your calendar for Saturday, March 31 from 11 AM – 4 PM for a free, family-friendly day … Continue