NoteFirst Monday Dharma Talks with Shastri Janet Bronstein.  Upcoming dates are January 4, February 1, March 7, April 4, May 2 and June 6, 2016. Open to all.
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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.

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 >>)

Basic Goodness II - How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

February 10th—March 16th

This course asks the question, “How can I help?” and explores our relationships with others, an aspiration to help our world, and specific aspects of social transformation. We look at a Shambhala understanding of society, and what enlightened society may Continue »

Monthly Kasung Gathering

February 14th

Come join the talk, discussion, and activities exploring the path of Kasungship. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

with Marion Buckley

February 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 that you have Continue »

Potluck + Movie Night: Human Vol1

February 20th

Join us - and bring a friend! Please arrive at 6 sharp with your dish. We'll fix our plates promptly and dine while watching the film. We'll break halfway through for dessert. Continue »

Outrageous and Inscrutable

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

February 26th—February 28th

The third and fourth dignities in the Sacred Path series, Outrageous and Inscrutable, emphasize fruition and refer to the extraordinary skill of a practiced warrior. (Prerequisite: Meek and Perky) Continue »

Enlightened Society: The Virtuous Leader (A Public Program)

with Acharya Daniel Hessey

March 4th—March 5th

We are excited and pleased to have Acharya Dan Hessey from Boulder, Colorado, presenting this Friday night and Saturday program to our community - you won't want to miss it! Continue »

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