About Meditation

meditation backMeditation is a natural state of the human mind—at rest, open, alert. The practice of meditation has been taught for over 2,500 years as a vehicle for realizing the beauty and magic of the ordinary world without aggression or manipulation.

The teachings of Shambhala emphasize the inherent wakefulness that potentially can be recognized in every situation or state of mind. Through discipline, gentleness and a sense of humor, the practitioner is invited to let go of conflicting emotions and wake up on the spot.

Meditation is the basic foundation of all that 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, every human being 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 Sunday Open House, Monday Night Open Class, and at Wednesday Drop-In Meditation. Meditation instruction is also given at the monthly Beginning to Meditate program. Meditation instruction is recommended as part of our ongoing practice. Learn more about these weekly drop-in classes.

Basic Meditation Instruction Presented by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

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