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.

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?

Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, continued by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and now led by senior teachers and an Interim Board.

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 >>)

Educator Training Class Series

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

July 10th—November 20th

Study and practice for those on the educator path. Continue »

July Community Engagement Project: The March Quilts

July 20th

The Center's Community Engagement Committee sponsors projects in which sangha members can provide services and assistance in the Birmingham community. Continue »

Sunday Unplugged Meditation Retreat

July 28th

Sunday Unplugged is a monthly opportunity for meditation practice extended beyond the weeknight one-hour sessions. Practice is from 10 am until 1 pm. Continue »

Walking the Bodhisattva Path (from Shambhala School of Buddhist Studies)

with Shastri Janet Bronstein & Marion Buckley

July 31st—September 7th

Our secondoffering from the Shambhala School of Buddhist Studies introduces the view and practice of mahayana Buddhism. Continue »

Graduate Sessions for Level III

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

August 14th—September 11th

For students who have completed all of the Way of Shambhala classes. Continue »

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Practice

August 15th

A full moon practice of the Shambhala Sadhana Continue »