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 18thHow Do Communities Reconcile? A Human Rights Perspective with Tammi Sharpe.  Learn more.

September 25thJoining 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 16thBuddhist 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!



Getting Started with Meditation?

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 →


Ongoing Offerings

BSMC 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 →

Chogyam Trungpa

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.



Becoming 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

Community Practice Evening

October 2nd—December 18th

Every third Thursday of the month. An opportunity for extended meditation, with sitting and walking meditation from 6 until 8:45, ending with the evening chants The regular open house from 7-8 is embedded, with instruction for new people. Continue »

Book Group: The Sanity We Are Born With

October 5th—March 1st (2015)

More and more mental health professionals are discovering the rich tradition of Buddhist psychology and integrating its insights into their work with clients. Buddhist tradition teaches that all of us are born with what Chögyam Trungpa terms "basic sanity Continue »

Shambhala Training Level II - Birth of the Warrior

with Janet Bronstein

November 14th—November 16th

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 »

Learn to Meditate

with Marion Buckley

December 6th

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 »