Learn to meditate and naturally grow your confidence, mindful awareness, and compassion.  The Birmingham Shambhala Meditation Center offers free public meditation sittings.  We also offer a wide variety of classes and retreats in meditation, and Buddhist and Shambhala teachings.

Those of all spiritual traditions are invited to explore our offerings in the quest to find a mind of compassion, gentleness and sanity.  We offer programs for beginners in meditation as well as experienced practitioners.


Honoring the Miksang Photography of Peter Welte

Peter Welte, late husband of BSMC teacher and Council member Marion Buckley, loved taking pictures. When he was a boy he took them with a Brownie. As a man he carried a Cannon digital camera and equipment with him most all the time. A deeply spiritual man, he fell in love with Miksang contemplative photography...View the 13 Galleries

 

Getting Started with Meditation?

Meditation GongThe Birmingham Shambhala Center offers several supports for helping someone begin or reestablish a meditation practice. A simple way to begin is to attend any of our weeknight sitting meditation sessions. More →

New to Shambhala?

Sakyong MiphamShambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Learn about our vision, lineage & community.

Ongoing Offerings

Shrine roomBSMC offers a rich array of weekly ongoing offerings free to the public. No prior meditation experience required to attend. Most programs offer meditation instruction upon request. All are welcome. More →

Membership

MembershipBecoming a member of BSMC is a statement about your personal inspiration, curiosity, and commitment to the path of awakening. Shambhala operates entirely through the care and contributions of its members. We depend upon More →

Featured Programs and Events (More >>)

Ashe Society

July 17th—December 4th

The Ashe Society is an opportunity for Warrior Assembly graduates to gather, study and practice together. Continue »

Basic Goodness III - What is Real?

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

August 31st—October 5th

This course asks the question, "What is real?" and focuses on a study of the phenomenal world. It emphasizes core Buddhist teachings, such as impermanence, the process of perception, the "mind" and emptiness. It is oriented toward the Continue »

First Monday Dharma Talk - Buddhism and Politics II: The Importance of Dissent

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

October 3rd

The first Sunday of each month, we offer a half-hour of meditation followed by a dharma (Buddhist and Shambhala teachings) talk and discussion. Continue »

MOVIE & PIZZA

October 8th

MOVIE & PIZZA Saturday, October 8th 6pm “TASHI & THE MONK” Continue »

Learn to Meditate

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

October 15th

In this introductory class you will receive the technique, guidance and experience necessary to start a mindfulness-awareness or �??peaceful abiding�?� meditation practice. Your teacher will give you detailed instruction and guided meditation so tha Continue »