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.
  • Register for a half-day Beginning to Meditate course. They’re offered on the last Saturday of each month from 9 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 for 5-10 year olds

May 21st—June 18th

Bodhi School is a monthly gathering of youth between the ages of 5-10 years old. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Melissa Robinson & Shastri Calryn Aston

May 26th—May 28th

Shambhala Training is a sequence of programs suitable for anyone interested in exploring meditation as a means to develop fearlessness, confidence, openness and gentleness toward ourselves and our world. Continue »

From Sacred Outlook to Sacred Activism

with Acharya Martin Janowitz

June 9th—June 10th

Creating Enlightened Society is not philosophy. Acharya Janowitz will guide us as we explore how Shambhala teachings on kindness, courage and wakefulness might be applied in community service, activism and just plain life. Continue »

Vaishakha Day

June 11th

Vaishakha Day is a major Buddhist holiday which commemorates three major events in the life of the historic Shakyamuni Buddha: his birth, enlightenment, and pairinirvana. Continue »

Garuda Social Club

June 15th

Garuda Social Club is a monthly gathering to celebrate the arts and the Shambhala community! Enjoy live culture Continue »