Welcome to the Boulder Shambhala Center

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

Essential Heart of Kasungship (EHOK)

with Ian McLaughlin & Ulrike Halpern

August 16th—September 20th

The Essential Heart of Kasungship is the corps educational program for Dorje Kasung, and focuses on training in the view of Kasungship. It is a facilitated study group introducing the basics of Kasung dharma, slogans, uniform, and practice. Continue »


with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown & Acharya Holly Gayley

August 20th

It has been years since we had a community meeting. Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown and Acharya Holly Gayley will revisit why Shambhala is here and what Shambhala has to offer this world. All Shambhala members welcome. Continue »

Monday Night Community Gathering: Conversations for Good

August 21st—December 18th

- No event July 31 - building closed! Resumes next Monday ---- 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 »

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 »

Recent News

  • Community Meeting on Sunday, Aug 20 at 10am

    with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown and Acharya Holly Gayley It’s been several years since we’ve had a community meeting. All Boulder Shambhala members and their families are welcome! Every summer Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche teaches many retreats and continues to expand new elements of how Shambhala is developing. What’s new this year? How is the flower of … Continue 

  • Job Opening at the Boulder Shambhala Center

    Description The Boulder Shambhala Center is seeking a part-time employee to serve as its “Membership and Development Coordinator”. The responsibilities of this post are to nurture and grow BSC’s membership and to provide administrative support for the Executive Director’s cultural and financial initiatives. The successful applicant will be a tremendously friendly extrovert who enjoys engaging with … Continue