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 →


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 >>)

Shambhala Training Level III - Warrior in the World

with Mary Sehlinger & Marion Buckley

June 3rd—June 5th

Examining our habitual tendencies, we begin to look at our willingness to experience our life without relying on the cocoon. We begin to engage the world directly and extend the attitude of fearlessness to our activities. Continue »

First Monday Dharma Talk - View and Effort: Wisdom in the Eightfold Path

June 6th

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 »

Central Alabama Pride Parade

June 11th

It's the annual Central Alabama Pride Parade! 38 years for them and 3 for the BSMC! Continue »

Learn to Meditate

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

June 18th

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 tha Continue »

Pre-Teen Meditation Group

June 19th

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 »

Midsummers Day at Five Mile Creek

June 25th

The Arts and Culture Committee want invite to experience the Shambhala culture of sangha. Sangha is the community of meditation practitioners, and it is an important part of Buddhist life and practice. We can enjoy each other's company and the magic of na Continue »

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