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

December 16th—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 »

Marpa House Winter Retreat

with Shastri Janet Solyntjes

December 26th—December 31st

The Marpa House annual Winter Retreat provides a great opportunity to deepen one’s practice in a relaxed, urban, residential setting. Continue »

Awakening In Society: What is Real?

with Acharya Susan Skjei

January 16th—February 13th (2018)

What really matters in our lives? How do we care for our planet and for each other? This course explores the Buddhist teaching on interdependence to find what is important in order to live a meaningful life. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Mary Kubicki

January 19th—January 21st (2018)

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 »