Community

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Our History

In September 1995, Chuck and Mary Whetsell moved to Birmingham from Lexington Kentucky.  Chuck had been the director of the Lexington Shambhala Center from 1985 to 1995 and Mary had served as Comptroller there.  They joined Janet Bronstein, who had originally joined the Shambhala community also in Lexington back in 1979, and had lived in Birmingham since 1984.  The BSMC officially began the first Monday in December, 1997 when we first offered meditation instruction and practice at the Unitarian Church.  The first Shambhala Training Level One was offered in Birmingham in February 1999.  For several years we shared space with many generous groups, including the Unitarian Church, the Pilgrim Congregational (Blue Roof) church, Beloved Community church in Avondale, the Friends Meeting House, Oasis Women’ Center and Girls Inc. in Crestwood.  We moved into our current space at 714 37th Street south in October 2002.

A Community LunchWho We Are

Our Birmingham Shambhala community is diverse – we are of all ages and backgrounds, we live in different neighborhoods, and we all bring meditation into our lives in different ways.  Our Center serves as a place where we all connect around areas of interest: the arts, social action, environmental issues, Shambhala Buddhist teachings, living life more sanely and sharing sanity and kindness with others.  Our Center is also a source of support and encouragement for everyone exploring the richness of meditation practice.

 

Community Events

Shambhala Day 2017

February 27th

The annual observance of Losar - Tibetan New year Continue »

Shambhala Day 2017 - Saturday Celebration

March 4th

Start a New Year! The Year of the Female Fire Hen! This Saturday celebration is a larger celebration compared to the earlier Monday celebration. Continue »

An Evening of Social Meditation for the Community

with Shastri Nick Kranz

March 7th

Please join us for an evening of Social Meditation led by Shastri Nick Kranz from Boston, sponsored for us by the Young Adult Sangha. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Practice

March 12th

A full moon practice of the Shambhala Sadhana Continue »

Sunday Unplugged Meditation Retreat

March 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 »