Welcome to the Boulder Shambhala Center!

The Boulder Shambhala Center is a cultural institution dedicated to 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.

BSC Director Search Process is Nearing Completion!

Thank you to those who attended the community meeting on January 12th and provided comments, concerns, and thoughts to the selection committee.  The results of the community meeting as well as an overview of the work done by the BSC Director Search Committee can be found here.
The BSC Director Search Committee:
Heather Locke, Jim Fladmark, Ulrike Halpern, Ed Smutney, & Jon Barbieri

New to Meditation or the Center?

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! Our new Sunday morning format is a great place to start!


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
Check out our new Sunday morning format! 

Sunday Open House
Does include meditation instruction
Sundays, 10–11am

Heart of Recovery
Addiction recovery support
Tuesdays, 5:30pm

Young Sangha Gathering
Ages 16–late 30s
Mondays, 7–9pm

Wednesday Learn to Meditate—Meditation Instruction Included
Wednesdays, 5–6pm

For a complete list of upcoming programs, please click here. A monthly, printable calendar view is here.


Interested in renting space at the center for your event? Please click here!

The Shambhala Scandal; An Inside Perspective by Center Director Melanie Klein

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

Sunday Community Practice

September 1st—August 30th

New Sunday morning format! Sunday Community Practice is the opportunity for our whole community to come together for meditation, food, and conversation. Continue »

11th Hour Calling: Ringing the Gong for Earth

January 11th—December 11th

On the 11th day of each month, at 11am for 11 minutes, members of local faith communities gather at the corner of 14th and Spruce for Climate Action awareness. Continue »

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Meditation Collective

January 22nd—June 24th

The Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Meditation Collective provides a kind and open community for meditators of color to practice. Continue »

The Fearless Garuda—Emptiness & Absolute Bodhicitta: A Year of Deepening in Compassion Part III

January 28th—February 25th

Open to all! The Shambhala acharyas have offered to lead the community in a year long series of talks, contemplative and meditation practices from the Buddhist Mahayana teachings of our lineage. Continue »

Mamo Chants

February 16th—February 22nd

The year-end mamo chant practice is a means to clean up any personal or environmental negativity of the whole year leading up to Shambhala Day, which is Tuesday, February 5th, 2019. Continue »

Ashe Society (Postponed)

February 20th - Date postponed or cancelled

Calling all Warrior Assembly graduates to our quarterly meeting of the Ashe Society. *This program has prerequisites* Continue »