The discovery of magic can happen only when we transcend our embarrassment about being alive, when we have the bravery to proclaim the goodness and dignity of human life, without either hesitation or arrogance. Then magic can descend onto our existence.”

—Chögyam Trungpa, Founder of the Shambhala Tradition


All Programs & Events

Primordial Rigden Ngondro Practice

December 18th—June 4th

Each Saturday morning we will be practicing the Primordial Rigden Ngondro at the Boulder Shambhala Center and via Zoom to complete our practice sessions for the Great Mandala of Blessings. Continue »

Dharmic Warriors: A Mindful Gathering for Teens and Tweens (Hybrid)

January 6th—April 7th

Socialize, meditate, learn contemplative arts, eat pizza and just hang out! Continue »

Early Morning Meditation (In-Person)

January 20th—March 24th

Early morning weekly meditation facilitated by Hugh Pixler. Continue »

Meditation in Everyday Life (Hybrid)

January 31st—February 28th

Open to all! Learn how to meditate and live a mindful life. Continue »

New Moon Sadhana of Mahamudra (Hybrid)

February 1st

This practice received and written by Chogyam Trungpa combines the power of the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism to help us dispel obstacles in our practice, life, and world. Open to all! Continue »

Padmasambhava Feast

February 11th

All authorized practitioners are welcome to the Padmasambhava Feast! This practice is restricted to authorized tantrikas. Continue »

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana (Hybrid)

February 16th

The recitation of this sadhana is a way for us to establish confidence in our own basic goodness and to rouse the wish for all beings to recognize their basic goodness. Open to all! Continue »

Maitri: Five Wisdom Energies (SSBS)

February 18th—February 20th

Maitri: Five Wisdom Energies is a meditation practice that was created in 1973 by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche based on the traditional principles of the five buddha families and a vajrayana approach to mind, energy, and space. Continue »

Werma Feast

February 19th

Werma Sadhakas, please join us for our monthly Werma Feast Continue »

Dön Season Mamo Chants (Hybrid)

February 20th—March 1st

The year-end mamo chant practice is a means to clean up any personal or environmental negativity of the whole year leading up to Shambhala Day, which is Thursday, March 3, 2021. Continue »

Deepening our Connection: A Great Mandala of Blessings Weekend

February 26th—February 27th

Practice & study retreat for practitioners who are presently taking part in the Great Mandala of Blessings events with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Continue »

Shambhala Day: Sadhana of Mahamudra Feast (Hybrid)

March 3rd

This practice received and written by Chogyam Trungpa combines the power of the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism to help us dispel obstacles in our practice, life, and world. Open to all! Continue »

Bodhisattva Warrior: The Six Paramitas (SSBS)

March 8th—April 9th

Having developed a powerful aspiration to attain complete enlightenment for the benefit of all, one takes the bodhisattva vow to manifest and actualize that aspiration. After this, one develops the bodhichitta of engaging, entering into the actions of a b Continue »

Shambhala Training II: Birth of the Warrior (Hybrid)

March 11th—March 13th

This program builds on the foundation of the meditation practice that was introduced in Shambhala Training I and explores how habitual ways of thinking obscure the raw brilliance of the world. Continue »

Contentment in Everyday Life (Hybrid)

March 14th—April 11th

Open to all! Learning to relax into our basic goodness allows a contentment and feeling of well-being to arise that is a total game changer! Continue »

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana (Hybrid)

March 18th

The recitation of this sadhana is a way for us to establish confidence in our own basic goodness and to rouse the wish for all beings to recognize their basic goodness. Open to all! Continue »

Sacred Path II: Windhorse

March 18th—March 20th

This program, the second in the Sacred Path series, teaches a practice to bring about skillful and heartfelt social engagement, enabling the warrior to go forward in the midst of whatever challenges occur. Continue »

Sit-A-Thon! May the Lotus Garden Bloom (NEW DATE!)

March 26th—March 27th

Start the New Year with 24-hrs of Hearing the Dharma teachings, Contemplating their meaning, and Meditating to stabilize the view. Continue »

The Padmasambhava Principle: A Rain of Blessings Weekend

April 23rd—April 24th

This practice and study weekend will focus on the pivotal practice of The Rain of Blessings. Restricted to Vajrayana students. Continue »

Four Foundations of Mindfulness (SSBS)

April 29th—May 1st

All teachers of the tradition emphasize the critical importance of beginning the Buddhist path "at the beginning," by relating directly to one's mind through the practice of mindfulness (Tib: trenpa) and awareness (Tib: sheshin) meditation. Traditionall Continue »

Sacred Path III: Drala

May 13th—May 15th

Drala is the third program in the Sacred Path series and introduces further warriorship practices. These practices are based on a societal vision and aspiration to help the world. Continue »

Shambhala Training III: Warrior in the World (Hybrid)

May 20th—May 22nd

In Shambhala Training III, we work in a deliberate way, making an effort to bring the mindfulness and awareness cultivated in our meditation practice into all aspects of daily life. Continue »

Joy in Everyday Life (Hybrid)

May 23rd—June 20th

Joy in Everyday Life expands the meditation experience to develop further kindness toward ourselves and others. Continue »

Lineage and Devotion (SSBS)

May 24th—June 25th

This course will introduce the principles of transmission and the student/ teacher relationship as a central component to the study and practice of Shambhala Buddhism. Although historical figures are studied in this class, this is not a history class, but Continue »

Shambhala Training IV: Awakened Heart (Hybrid)

July 8th—July 10th

As we trust further in basic goodness and dare to experience the sharp edge of reality, we move forward with gentleness, increased awareness, and inquisitiveness about the world as it is. In this way we can extend ourselves to others fully with kindness. Continue »

Sacred Path IV & V: Meek & Perky

July 15th—July 17th

At this point in the Sacred Path, The Four Dignities (Meek, Perky, Outrageous, Inscrutable) engage a warrior's maturing and widening sphere of benevolent engagement in the world. Continue »

Karma: Five Skandhas & Twelve Nidanas (SSBS)

July 19th—August 20th

Who am I? How did I get here, and where am I going? Looking directly at the experience of mind, we begin to understand our apparent confusion about ourselves and the phenomena of our world. Continue »

Union of Shamatha-Vipashyana Community Weekend (SSBS)

September 9th—September 11th

Full awakening is not possible until we have realized the inherent unity of shamatha and vipashyana. Being on the dot is only possible when we appreciate the whole space of our existence. This weekend continues to deepen our practice of shamatha, Continue »

Sacred Path VI & VII: Outrageous & Inscrutable

September 16th—September 18th

No longer afraid of making mistakes, the unconventional and visionary perspective of the outrageous warrior combines with the skill of spontaneous inscrutability to benefit others on a larger scale. Continue »

Shambhala Training V: Open Sky (Hybrid)

September 23rd—September 25th

In Shambhala Training V, our awareness continues to expand. This is likened to the open clear sky of mind, a delightful source of wisdom and uplifted energy. Continue »

Lojong (SSBS)

October 11th—November 12th

Golden Key

November 25th—November 27th

Please join us for this special offering culminating the Sacred Path. Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra (SSBS)

December 9th—December 11th

The Sadhana of Mahamudra is a short liturgy practiced by the Shambhala community on the new and full moon days of the lunar calendar. he text presents a fruition vajrayana view, bringing together the devotion mahamudra of the Kagyü and the crazy wisdom of Continue »

Life of Buddha & History of Sangha (SSBS)

January 17th—February 18th (2023)

n this course we will enjoy the life story of Shakyamuni Buddha and the evolution of the early Buddhist community of practitioners. We will also briefly survey the spread of the teachings through various cultures over the past 2500 years. Continue »