About Meditation

meditation backMeditation is a natural state of the mind—at rest, open, alert. Human beings have practiced and taught meditation for over 2,500 years as a vehicle for realizing the beauty and magic of the ordinary world without aggression or manipulation.

Shambhala teachings emphasize the inherent wakefulness that we can recognize in every situation or state of mind. Through discipline, gentleness and a sense of humor, we are invited to let go of conflicting emotions and wake up on the spot.

Meditation is the basic foundation of all we do at the Boulder Shambhala Center. This ancient practice of self-discovery is rooted in the simple but revolutionary premise that every human being has the ability to cultivate the mind’s inherent stability, clarity and strength in order to be more awake. In addition, each of us has the ability to develop the compassion and insight necessary to genuinely care for oneself and the world.

The Boulder Shambhala Center offers free meditation instruction and public meditation practice several times a week. We offer introductory group instruction weekly at the Sunday Open House, Monday Night Open Class, and Wednesday Learn to Meditate. Meditation instruction is recommended as part of our ongoing practice. Learn more about these weekly drop-in classes.

Basic Meditation Instruction Video

In this short video, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche introduces the fundamentals of meditation practice in a straightforward, conversational style. This teaching indicates the importance of view—knowing why we’re meditating—and demonstrates the basic meditation technique.