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.

BSC was established by Tibetan Buddhist master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1973. It now operates within an international organization of city and retreat centers under the guidance of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Shambhala USA.

 

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, 9:30–11am

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!

 

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

Open Movement Collective

with Hannah Kinderlehrer & Rick Merrill

January 23rd—March 27th

It's your birthright to feel good in your body. Join Rick Merrill, Hannah Kinderlehrer and senior movement teachers in the new year for our first Open Movement Collective ... Continue »

Training the Mind and Awakening the Heart

with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson & Acharya Susan Skjei

January 23rd—January 20th

Training the Mind (Tibetan "lojong") is a traditional Buddhist teaching on how to awaken our heart of compassion. This community gathering includes teachings on the Atisha slogans and the six paramitas. Continue »

Training in Tenderness

February 9th—February 10th

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche will teach on his most recent book, Training in Tenderness, in this three-session, public program. All are warmly welcome! Continue »

Ringing the Gong for Earth

February 11th

Together with other local churches and spiritual groups, we are ringing our bells/drums/gongs/shofar on the 11th day of each month at 11am. We are in the 11th hour of an urgent need for action! Continue »

Sadhana of Kindness: Awakening the Moon of Enlightened Society

with Acharya Dale Asrael

March 1st—March 3rd

Together we will discover the new Sadhana of Kindness, a companion practice to the Shambhala Sadhana. Join us for communal practice and study of this beautiful text! Continue »

New Members Welcome & Orientation

April 21st

We would like to personally welcome all new community members of the Boulder Shambhala Center. Continue »

Blog

  • Disruption: A Reflection on the Women’s Circle

      By Emma Fox, leader of the Women’s Circle at BSC Recently, I have been feeling so many things stirred up in my female body. Rage, grief, shame, guilt, painful longing. It feels like each time I come up for air, there at the surface awaits more news about violence against a black or brown … Continue 

  • BSC Practice and Education Director Job Opening

      The Boulder Shambhala Center is looking for a new Practice and Education Director. This is a full time position starting on February 3rd, 2019. We are seeking a three-year commitment. The P&E director position is both administrative and visionary. The Director is responsible for creating an annual schedule that includes Way of Shambhala programming, … Continue 

  • Three BSC Satellite Staff Openings

    Satellite staff are a core group of volunteers who commit to serve the Boulder Shambhala Center for six months at a time in contracted positions. They work at least four hours a week in roles that are essential to the center’s day-to-day functioning, including cleaning and organizing the building, food shopping, watering plants, and reordering … Continue