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

Wisdom in Everyday Life

April 19th—May 17th

This course looks at the qualities of a master warrior whose vastness of mind and kindness are fully manifested. This warrior is able to skillfully benefit the world. Continue »

Conversations That Matter: Learning to Care for Each Other

with Acharya Susan Skjei & Charley Rosicky

April 28th

Monday Night Community Gathering: Conversations for Good

April 30th—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 »

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 »

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

with David Sanford

May 4th—May 6th

In Shambhala Training Level III, we work in a deliberate way. We make an effort to bring the mindfulness and awareness cultivated during our meditation practice into all aspects of our daily life. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Cynthia Drake

May 18th—May 20th

Shambhala Training is a sequence of programs for anyone exploring meditation in order to be a more dignified person -- a support to develop openness, gentleness, fearlessness, and confidence toward ourselves and our world. Continue »

Recent News

  • Shambhala Art Intensive: All Five Parts to be offered June 27-July 2

    We’re delighted to offer all five parts of the Shambhala Arts Program in an intensive program June 27-July 2. The faculty for this art intensive includes Sensei Alexandra Shenpen, Elaine Yuen and Mindy Upton. Shambhala Art can be seen as a process, a product, and an arts education program.  Each day of the intensive will offer a complete … Continue 

  • Sensei Alexandra Shenpen featured in The Denver Post

    Photo by Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post. Excerpt of Denver Post article “Modern take on Japanese floral arrangement creates magical representations of nature” by Danika Worthington: “Fusa Wakumoto clipped the stem under water before molding the flower into the shape she wanted. She placed it in her base, finishing her floral arrangement, and bowed. The … Continue