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.


Special Program Note:

BSMC will present a free public talk on the State of Homelessness in Birmingham on May 16, 2016. Courtney Stinson, Community Outreach Coordinator for One Roof, will discuss statistical data on the number of homeless people in Birmingham, demographics of the homeless population, and the resources available for each sector. Learn more!
 

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 >>)

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Shastri Janet Bronstein & Marion Buckley

April 20th—May 18th

This course provides an exploration of genuine contentment, the foundational views of the Buddhist teachings, and meditation in action for daily life. It can be a stand-alone class or a complementary class to Shambhala Training Level II. Continue »

Pre-Teen Meditation Group

May 1st

The Birmingham Shambhala Center is offering an opportunity for boys and girls between 10-14 (approx) to meet and learn more about meditation, its uses in everyday life, as well as a chance to build sangha (community) with other kids who have an interest i Continue »

First Monday Dharma Talk - Non-harming: Discipline in the Eightfold path

May 2nd

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 »

Buddha Day at Avondale Park!

May 7th

Buddha Day is celebrated worldwide and is the observed day of the Buddha's birthday, date of enlightenment, and death. It is marked by acts of generosity - manifesting the Buddha's kindness and teachings. Continue »

Pre-Teen Meditation Group

May 7th

The Birmingham Shambhala Center is offering an opportunity for boys and girls between 10-14 (approx) to meet and learn more about meditation, its uses in everyday life, as well as a chance to build sangha (community) with other kids who have an interest i Continue »

Alabama Symphony Youth Concert

May 14th

Come and enjoy the mix of dedication, exertion, and talent that creates a most wonderful afternoon! Continue »

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