Welcome to the Boulder Shambhala Center

Please note: The Center will be closed to the public Feb. 19-24 for a private retreat. Heart of Recovery will take place as scheduled on Tuesday at 5:30pm. All other programs in this time frame have been postponed. We regret any inconvenience. 

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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
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!

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Click here to read more and register for Shambhala Level I: The Art of Being Human with Steve Seely.

Featured Programs

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World AT MARPA HOUSE

with Gary Allen

February 23rd—February 25th

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 Gala at Hotel Boulderado

February 24th

Celebrating The Year of the Dog! Featuring: salsa instruction (for singles or couples), DJ, dancing, food + drink Continue »

Monday Night Community Gathering: Conversations for Good

February 26th—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 »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Steve Seely

March 2nd—March 4th

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 »

Meditation in Everyday Life

March 6th—April 3rd

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 »

Awakening In Society: How Can I Help?

with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

March 6th—April 3rd

Can we draw out the goodness of others? How do we affect society? How does society affect us? This course explores the Shambhala teachings of the four dignities in working with family, livelihood, entertainment, and wealth. Open to all. Continue »

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