Welcome to the Boulder Shambhala Center

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

-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!


Growing Brave: Shambhala Families & Children Conference
Oct. 6-9
with Acharya Adam Lobel & Sangyum Wendy Friedman

The Growing Brave Conference invites all Shambhala members currently working with, interested in, or articulating the role and path of families & children in a society.  Together we are creating an awake container of goodness, wisdom, kindness and strength. On October 6-9th we are coming together to contemplate our developmental and interrelational path, and how the culture in our households dovetails with sangha and society.  The conference is also open to children who can attend and enjoy their own age-appropriate programs. Click here for full details and online registration link.


Featured Programs

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Cynthia Drake & Noel Smith

October 19th—November 16th

Through the gentle precision of meditation practice, we can learn to appreciate ourselves and our simple, day-to-day human experiences. This class is open to everyone. It will be held on five Thursday evenings. Continue »

Refuge Vow Class

with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

October 19th—October 29th

The Refuge Vow is the ancient, traditional ceremony of becoming a Buddhist. "By taking the refuge vow, we commit ourselves to freedom." - Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche Continue »

Bodhi School

October 22nd—April 22nd (2018)

Bodhi School implements progressive programming for young people ages 5 through 12 to experience the basic view, forms, stories and teachings of the Shambhala path. Children, particularly after the age of 8, need dharma mentors other than their parents. Continue »

Monday Night Community Gathering: Conversations for Good

October 23rd—December 18th

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 III: Warrior in the World

with Gary Allen

October 27th—October 29th

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 »


with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

October 29th

The Refuge Vow is the ancient, traditional ceremony of becoming a Buddhist. "By taking the refuge vow, we commit ourselves to freedom." - Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche Continue »

Recent News

  • What does BSC have to do with Climate Change?

    By Boulder Shambhala Center’s Executive Director, Melanie Klein. From our Fall newsletter The Mirror. —– The Sakyong recently asked “who are we?” and “how do we help?” These are clearly important questions for us. Of course, offering Shambhala Training and other dharma programs at BSC to hundreds of students each year is, in part, an … Continue 

  • Job Opening at the Boulder Shambhala Center

    Administrative Assistant and Community Outreach Director Do you love Shambhala? Do you like to work hard, build great teams, and create lively community events? Would you like to be paid to attend multiple retreats a year with free tuition? If so, this might be for you! Job Description Events: The AACOD is responsible for planning … Continue