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 9:30–11am.

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

Introductory

Shambhala Chorus

with Bill Douglas

December 8th—December 22nd

The Shambhala Chorus will meet three times in December to prepare for the Winter Solstice Children’s Day festivities. During the event on December 22, we will lead the children in singing uplifting Shambhala and Buddhist songs as part of the celebration. Continue »

Milarepa Book Study Group

December 10th—December 17th

A four-session group study of Chögyam Trungpa's book Milarepa: Lessons from the Life and Songs of Tibet's Greatest Yogi. This book explores the teacher-student relationship and Milarepa's liberation from fear and doubt. Continue »

Training the Mind and Awakening the Heart

with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson & Acharya Susan Skjei

December 12th—January 23rd (2019)

Training the Mind (Tibetan "lojong") is a traditional Buddhist teaching on how to awaken our heart of compassion. This community gathering includes teachings on the Atisha slogans and the six paramitas. Continue »

Holding and Grounding: How to Work with the Activation of Trauma

December 15th—February 17th (2019)

The purpose of this series of workshops is to offer psychoeducation on the nature of trauma to the Boulder Shambhala community, as well as to teach pragmatic techniques for grounding oneself when experiencing "triggering" from trauma ... Continue »

Winter Solstice Children's Day Celebration

December 22nd

Each year, the Shambhala community celebrates Children’s Day near the Winter Solstice. During this reflective time of year, we join with family and friends in celebration, creativity, and generosity in our shared humanity. Continue »