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.


 

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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 →

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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 →

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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.

Membership

Membership

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

Parinirvana Day

April 4th

Parinirvana Day celebrates the death (parinirvana) of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. We will mark this 28th anniversary by practicing the Sadhana of Mahamudra, eating together and viewing a movie about him. Continue »

Meditation through Drawing: Zendalas with Darla Williamson

April 11th

Genuine art has the power to awaken and liberate. The renowned meditation master and artist Chögyam Trungpa called this type of art “dharma art”—any creative work that springs from an awakened state of mind, characterized by directness, unselfconsciousnes Continue »

Book Group: The Sanity We Are Born With

April 12th

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 »

Community Practice Evening

April 16th—December 17th

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 »