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 >>)

Sunday Unplugged Meditation Retreat

July 24th

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 »

Shambhala Training Level I -The Art of Being Human (Huntsville)

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

July 30th—July 31st

At the Huntsville Satellite! Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human bei Continue »

Learn to Meditate

with Marion Buckley

August 20th

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 »

Sunday Unplugged Meditation Retreat

August 28th

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 »

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 »

Shambhala Training Level I -The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

September 17th—September 18th

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Continue »