Welcome to the Boulder Shambhala Center

Please note: We will be closed December 23 – January 1, 2018 for the holidays. We regret any inconvenience.

Children’s Gift Drive
We are collecting gifts for children at Pine Ridge through Sunday, Dec. 17 (Children’s Day). Please bring a new, wrapped item with a note attached describing the item, age group or clothing size. The collection area is on the main floor under the volunteer board (across from the stairs). Thank you for your generosity.

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.


ONGOING WEEKLY DROP-IN PROGRAMS (Free)

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
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

-Social Meditation
Every Wednesday: 7 – 8:30 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!

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Click here to learn more about Shambhala Training Level One: The Art of Being Human

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Special practice opportunity at Marpa House Dec. 26-31
Suitable for beginning meditators who want to experience group practice, meditation instruction will be offered. For more information click here. To register contact: marpahousepractice@gmail.com or call Lea at 720-635-6410. Marpa House is located at 891 12th Street, Boulder.

Featured Programs

Monday Night Community Gathering: Conversations for Good

December 11th—February 26th (2018)

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 »

Winter Solstice Children's Day Celebration

December 17th

On this day we celebrate the children of the sangha and bring warmth, light, and cheerfulness to the darkest time of the year. Continue »

Marpa House Winter Retreat

with Shastri Janet Solyntjes

December 26th—December 31st

The Marpa House annual Winter Retreat provides a great opportunity to deepen one’s practice in a relaxed, urban, residential setting. Continue »

Joy in Everyday Life

with Shastri Calryn Aston

January 11th—February 8th (2018)

This course expands the meditation experience by cultivating the noble heart of the mahayana teachings, opening the path to the virtue and celebration of compassion. Continue »

Awakening In Society: What is Real?

with Acharya Susan Skjei

January 16th—February 13th (2018)

What really matters in our lives? How do we care for our planet and for each other? This course explores the Buddhist teaching on interdependence to find what is important in order to live a meaningful life. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Mary Kubicki

January 19th—January 21st (2018)

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 »

Recent News

  • We’re wired for kindness

    At her talk to kick off BSC’s “Sit to Benefit” on Dec. 9 Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown shared new research which shows that as humans we are wired for kindness and compassion. I spoke with her further and she recommended a book called “The Compassionate Instinct” by Dacher Keltner of UC Berkeley. An excerpt from the … Continue 

  • Celebrate the magic of Children’s Day

    Please join us Sunday, Dec. 17 from 4-6pm for Children’s Day. Celebrated by the Shambhala community on or near the winter solstice each year, Winter Solstice Children’s Day provides a special opportunity to express appreciation for and with our children. It emphasizes that every child can be a king or a queen. At a time … Continue