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.


Bodhi School

September 24th—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. W Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Angelika Behrooz & Shastri Janet Solyntjes

September 29th—October 1st

Shambhala Training is a sequence of programs for anyone exploring meditation in order to be a more dignified person through developing fearlessness, confidence, openness and gentleness toward ourselves and our world. Continue »

Growing Brave: Shambhala Families & Children Conference

with Acharya Adam Lobel & Sangyum Wendy Friedman

October 6th—October 8th

This conference is for educators, community organizers, leadership, parents and grandparents interested in how Shambhala raises and educates warriors from birth, through the many milestones along the path of awakening the genuine heart of warriorship. Continue »

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 Tuesday mornings. 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 »