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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.

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.

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


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!

Featured Programs

Goodness Shared: A 24-Hour Sit-A-Thon

October 20th—October 21st

Equal parts fundraiser and contemplative community-builder—join the good cause that is good for you! 24-hour sitting begins at noon on Saturday, October 20th. Continue »

Monday Night Community Gathering: Conversations for Good

October 22nd—December 17th

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 »

Traditional Daoist Qigong: Level 3

with Acharya Dale Asrael

October 27th—October 28th

Qigong is designed to cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through Taoist practices that integrate movement, breath, and qi or internal energy to promote health and longevity. Continue »

Rediscovering the Three Jewels in Challenging Times

with Acharya Holly Gayley

October 28th

A public talk on the Buddhist Refuge Vow. What does “taking Refuge” mean in our world today? Acharya Holly Gayley will speak on the relevance of the vow. Continue »

Refuge Vow Ceremony

with Acharya Holly Gayley

October 28th

The refuge vow is the ancient, traditional ceremony of becoming a Buddhist. "By taking the refuge vow, we commit ourselves to freedom." —Chögyam Trungpa Continue »

Primordial and Powerful: The Luminous Symbolism of Rigden and the Liberation of Yeshe Tsogyal

with Cynthia Moku & Acharya Holly Gayley

November 3rd

Learn about the symbolism of the Primordial Rigden in the morning with Cynthia Moku, the artist who created the painting on the Shambhala Center shrine... 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 

  • XOL ORIGINAL Four Directions Footwear Line: Upcycled Shoes

    By Valentino Romero Hello Diverse Shambhala Family, May we all be splendid in limitless original ways. I have been a part of the Shambhala community since 2005 as a mechanic at SMC. You can imagine how messy and fun that was! From there, given that I was well prepared to live on next to zero … Continue