Welcome to the Boulder Shambhala Center!

Please note: We will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.

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.


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, 10:30am–12pm

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!

Featured Programs

Beginning Kalapa Ikebana: Way of Flowers–Part Two of Intro Series

with Alexandra Shenpen

May 2nd—May 30th

"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 exciting and fearless." From "True Perception" by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche Continue »

Monday Night Community Gathering: Conversations for Good

May 14th—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 »

Rigden: Unconditional Confidence

with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

May 25th—May 27th

The Rigden is a representation of our inherent enlightened nature and embodies the principle of unconditional bravery. Continue »

Conversations that Matter: Creating a Community of Care

with Acharya Holly Gayley & Hannah Kinderlehrer

May 30th

Midsummer's Day Celebration and Picnic at Tom Watson Park

June 16th

Please join us for our annual celebration of the Summer Solstice at Tom Watson Park! Continue »

Changling Rinpoche: The Teachings of Khenpo Gangshar

June 22nd—June 24th

**Restricted Program -- not open to the public** Continue »


  • Rev. angel Kyodo williams: Why Your Liberation is Bound Up With Mine – Podcast 194

    by “Meditation in the City,” the New York Shambhala Center podcast In the face of today’s political and social unrest, is it possible to create a wise, kind, and strong human society? Rev. angel Kyodo williams speaks about how the collective process of waking up is closely related to the truth of interdependence. Listen here. Meditation … Continue 

  • Do Gurus Go Grocery Shopping?

    Talking Fatherhood, Ego and Momos with Buddhist Leader Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche From the Fatherly Podcast As the leader of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche travels the world, both teaching seminars and in retreat. The 55-year-old is also the father of three young daughters. Here the Sakyong—the author of, most recently, The Lost Art of Good Conversation—discusses finding … Continue 

  • Invitation to Help Stop “Buddhist Terror”

    By Melanie Klein, BSC Director Dear Boulder Shambhala Community, Amidst the great suffering in the world today, one conflict, known as the “Buddhist Terror,” continually pulls at my heart. In Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, up to an estimated one million people, the Rohingya, have been cruelly driven from their homes. Many have been killed, and the survivors … Continue