Open Public Sitting Hours

Public Sitting

Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evening, mindfulness meditation and instruction from 7:00-8:00 pm.  Thought-provoking discussion from 8 – 8:30 pm on Monday and Thursday.

Wednesday & Friday mornings, 7:00-7:30 am. The Center doors will be open for anyone who wishes to meditate. No instruction available.

Community Practice Evenings 

You are invited to participate in extended group sittings, dharma readings and discussion. This opportunity to practice for up to three hours with other sangha members is now being offered one weeknight a month, rotating through Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights in upcoming months.

Opening chants and sitting begin at 6 pm; at 8 pm there will be a dharma talk and discussion; we will finish with closing chants by 9 pm.

The regular weeknight meditation session with instruction will still be available from 7 until 8.  You are welcome to join in for all or part of this practice.


Children's Day Celebration and BSMC 12th Birthday

December 5th

In this time of year, we join other traditions to join in bringing light to the darkness of winter by celebrating the joys of childhood. Join the Birmingham sangha in celebrating the birthday of Center! 13 years in our building; 12 years as a Center; Continue »

Learn to Meditate

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

December 12th

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 that you have Continue »

First Monday Dharma Talk

January 4th (2016)

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 »

Shambhala Training Level I -The Art of Being Human

with Lance Brunner

January 16th—January 17th (2016)

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Continue »

Winter Retreat

January 29th—February 7th (2016)

The annual Winter Retreat is a time of preparation for the Tibetan New Year which begins on Shambhala Day, February 9, the Year of the Fire Monkey. Continue »