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.

30th Anniversary – Parinirvana of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
April 4th is the 30th anniversary of the Parinirvana (death of an enlightened being) of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. On this occasion, everyone is invited to join us to celebrate his life as your schedule permits.


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30th Anniversary Events

April 1-20 Sat intensive and three Thurs eves
Class on Sadhana of Mahamudra with Barbara Smith
Open to all
Sat April 1st: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Thu April 6th: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Thu April 13th: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Thu April 20th: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Click here for details and to register

Sunday April 2, 3-6pm
Avalokitesvara Feast
Restricted to tantrikas, if you don’t have the lung you can receive it on Wed March 29 at 7pm in the Auxiliary Shrine Room.

Parinirvana Day Program

Tuesday, April 4th
10am Dharma Sagara Guru Yoga Practice restricted to sadhakas
2-3:30pm Touch and Go: Chögyam Trungpa’s Epic Journey to the West dvd, open to all
3:30-4pm Discovering Elegance dvd, open to all
6pm Sadhana of Mahamudra Feastopen to all, please register for the feast by clicking here


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 Open Class (includes a talk)
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?

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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

Growing Brave: Families and Children in Shambhala

March 18th—August 5th

Please join us to watch the Growing Brave Series as a community. The talks are inspiring and relevant beyond the reaches of families with children, but a profoundly important view and discussion for Shambhala warriors who aspire to create a full and vibra Continue »

Bodhisattva Class

with Acharya Susan Skjei

March 29th—April 12th

Bodhisattvas take a vow to work for the benefit of others until all have attained enlightenment. This course is based on the Bodhisattva Vow sourcebook and is open to all, whether or not you intend to take the Bodhisattva Vow. Continue »

Invisible Edge: Unmasking Social Bias, Creating Vibrant Community

with Shastri Charlene Leung

April 1st—April 2nd

How does the invisible edge of unconscious social bias keep us from becoming the welcoming Shambhala culture that we long to be? How do our blindspots impact others? How can we see what we don’t see? Continue »

Class on Sadhana of Mahamudra

with Barbara Smith

April 1st—April 20th

The Sadhana of Mahamudra was inspired by the prevalence of spiritual materialism, both in the West and in traditional buddhism. It is one of the principal mind treasures (terma) of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Continue »

30th Anniversary - Parinirvana of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche - Sadhana of Mahamudra Feast

April 4th

On April 4th, we will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Parinirvana of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Throughout the day there will be practice, concluding with a Sadhana of Mahamudra Feast. All are welcome. Continue »

Kalapa Ikebana: A Contemplative Art - Way of Flowers

April 5th—May 17th

"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 »

Recent News

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    BSC Member Lynele Jones interviewed by the Daily Mail

    “While there’s disagreement on what makes up the American identity, 7 in 10 people – regardless of party – say the country is losing that identity. “It’s such stark divisions,” said Lynele Jones, a 65-year-old accountant in Boulder, Colorado. Like many Democrats, Jones pointed to diversity and openness to refugees and other immigrants as central … Continue 

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    Special program: Class on Sadhana of Mahamudra with Barbara Smith

    Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Parinirvana of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche This is the darkest hour of the dark ages. Disease, famine and warfare are raging like the fierce north wind.  -from the introduction to the Sadhana of Mahamudra This sadhana (practice) came to be uncovered (terma) by the Vidyadara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche during … Continue