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

June 26th

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 Sadhana Community Practice

July 3rd

A monthly practice of the Shambhala Sadhana open to the community, now held on the first Sunday of the month. Continue »

Joy in Everyday Life

July 13th—August 10th

As meditation practice expands and we develop trust in basic goodness, we can begin to discover the confidence and personal energy to go forward on the journey. Continue »

Summer Ikebana

with Tonya Veitch

July 16th

Ikebana is a powerful form of discovering the relationships of heaven, earth, and human. Many schools have developed over centuries but this program focuses on the tradition initially learned by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche - the Sogetsu school. Continue »

Potluck + Movie Night

July 16th

Movie Night Returns! Details coming soon! Continue »

Ashe Society

July 17th

The Ashe Society is an opportunity for Warrior Assembly graduates to gather, study and practice together. Continue »