NoteFirst Monday Dharma Talks with Shastri Janet Bronstein.  Open to all. Upcoming topics include “Understanding Karma” and “Kindness and Compassion – Where do they come from, Where do they go?
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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 >>)

Kasung Gathering and Oath Ceremony

November 29th

The Birmingham Shambhala Meditation Center is honored to host the oath ceremony for the Dorje Kasung. However, by tradition, this is a closed ceremony. Only those in Dorje Kasung and those taking the oath are asked to attend. Continue »

Children's Day Celebration and BSMC 12th Birthday

December 5th

In this time of year, we join other traditions to join in bringing light to the darkness of winter by celebrating the joys of childhood. Join the Birmingham sangha in celebrating the birthday of Center! 13 years in our building; 12 years as a Center; Continue »

First Monday Dharma Talk

December 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 »

Learn to Meditate

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

December 12th

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 »

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

December 25th

A monthly practice of the Shambhala Sadhana open to the community. Practice, discussion, and food! Continue »

Monthly Kasung Gathering

December 26th

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

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