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 →


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 »

Sunday Unplugged Meditation Retreat

October 23rd

Sunday Unplugged is a monthly opportunity for meditation practice extended beyond the weeknight one-hour sessions. Practice is from 10 am until 1 pm, with the Shambhala Sadhana Full Moon from noon to 1. Continue »

Sharing the Mind of the Guru: Exploring The Sadhana of Mahamudra

with Mary Sehlinger

October 28th—October 30th

Trungpa Rinpoche, the Tibetan meditation master who brought the Shambhala teachings to the West, created the Sadhana of Mahamudra, a meditation practice to deal specifically with the pain, anxiety and speediness of modern-day life. Continue »

Happy Halloween Boo-da Party

October 29th

Enjoy a buddhist Halloween! Come in costume and being your own treats (a potluck dish.) Let's have a little fun together. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level II - Birth of the Warrior

with Marion Buckley

November 4th—November 6th

Having experienced a taste of basic goodness in Level I, we want to learn more. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask underlying fear. Continue »

First Monday Dharma Talk - Buddhism and Politics III: Compassion, Idiot Compassion and Politics

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

November 7th

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 »