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.
Meditation is a personal journey and a path of social transformation. The Shambhala teachings offer a way to discover the wisdom, sanity and goodness within our seemingly complex and chaotic minds. Through meditation we discover the inherent goodness in society. As individuals and community we learn how to bring forth that goodness through the experience of bravery, gentleness and delight.
Free Public Talks this Fall
We are offering a series of public talks leading up to the Dalai Lama’s visit to Birmingham, October 24 – 27. All programs are FREE and begin at 7 pm. Check link for location and description. Donations welcome.
September 18th – How Do Communities Reconcile? A Human Rights Perspective with Tammi Sharpe. Learn more.
September 25th – Joining Love and Power, Tibetan Buddhism and the Civil Rights Movements with Judith Simmer-Brown. Learn more.
October 9th – Would the Buddha have Marched in 1963? with Janet Bronstein. Learn more.
October 16th – Buddhist Meditation, Neuroplasticity and the Dalai Lama with Dr. Gitendra Uswatte. Learn more.
Pre-registration is encouraged for programs held at the Center due to limited seating. Register now!
The 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?
Shambhala 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.