Getting Started

Welcome to the Boulder Shambhala Center!

We look forward to getting to know you. Please feel welcome to explore our website and stop by the center for a visit.

The Boulder Shambhala Center is part of Shambhala, an international community of more than 200 meditation centers and groups founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and led by Sakyong Mipham RinpocheYou can learn much more about us in the “Shambhala section of this website. 

We offer extensive training in meditation through introductory classes, curriculum-based programs and individual meditation instruction.

Shambhala is not just about meditation; it is also about culture. Meditation helps us to synchronize our body and our mind in order to be present, awake, and complete. We apply the sanity, clarity, and presence developed in meditation to our everyday life. Relating to our life in this way creates a dignified human culture, with qualities of kindness, love, and compassion.

All Shambhala Centers welcome anyone interested in the practice of meditation and anyone who aspires to expand the experience of gentleness and nonaggression into all areas of life.

How to begin

You are invited to attend any of these activities and gatherings so you can learn more about the Boulder Shambhala Center and its community:

  • Visit an Open House any Sunday morning from 10:30 am – 12 noon.

Please feel welcome to explore and participate! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the center.


Shambhala Art Intensive: All Five Parts

with Alexandra Shenpen, Elaine Yuen, Mindy Upton

June 27th—July 2nd

Shambhala Art is an arts education program. Here the creative process is more about perception than talent. Continue »

Conversations that Matter: Caring for Community

with Sangyum Agness Au & Sangyum Valerie Lorig

June 30th

Greetings! You are warmly invited to join our next conversation on care, protection, conduct and harm in Shambhala. Continue »

Shambhala Training I: The Art of Being Human

with Ellen Mains

July 6th—July 8th

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 »

Shambhala Meditation: Rekindling the Heart of Meditation

with Acharya Dale Asrael

July 14th—July 15th

Shambhala Meditation reveals the unconditional quality of our own innate nature to relieve the stress, suffering, and aggression of our times. Open to new and experienced meditators. Continue »

Shambhala Arts Day for Kids

July 14th

We had so much fun exploring the arts in the spring that we are offering a program just for kids this summer! Continue »