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.


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 »

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 »

Bereavement Group

with Charley Rosicky & Sangyum Valerie Lorig

April 5th—May 10th

This bereavement support group, co-facilitated by Charley Rosicky and Valerie Lorig, will provide a safe and confidential container for group members and will incorporate mindfulness meditation practice into a traditional curriculum for the healthy proces Continue »

Bodhichitta Talk - Open to all

with Acharya Susan Skjei

April 16th

This is a talk about the heart of bodhicitta, and the commitment to develop kindness, friendliness and compassion. This precedes the Bodhisattva Vow ceremony which will take place at 2pm. All are welcome to attend the 10am talk. Continue »

Bodhi School for 5-10 year olds

April 16th—June 18th

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