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?

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 >>)

Winter Retreat

January 25th—February 3rd

The annual Winter Retreat is a time of preparation for the Tibetan New Year which begins on Shambhala Day, February 5, the Year of the Earth Boar or Pig. Continue »

First Monday Dharma Talk: Buddhism and Personal Bravery

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

February 4th

The first Monday of each month, we offer a half-hour of meditation followed by a dharma (Buddhist and Shambhala teachings) talk and discussion. Continue »

Shambhala Day 2019

February 5th

Start a New Year! The Year of the Female Earth Boar!! Continue »

Shambhala Day Community Celebration 2019

February 9th

Start a New Year! The Year of the Female Earth Boar! This Saturday celebration is a larger celebration compared to the earlier Tuesday celebration. Continue »

Sangha Slow Art Sunday at Birmingham Museum of Art

February 10th

Visit the Birmingham Museum of Art with your sangha members! We’ll gather together in the museums main entrance lobby beginning at 1:45 pm. Continue »

Mindful Monday Community Conversations - Mindfulness and Tai Chi

with Lynne Peralme

February 18th

In this series, on the third Monday of each month (usually, 3rd Monday this month!), we will practice meditation 7:00-7:30 PM, and engage in a conversation about mindfulness applied to different areas of our life and society, from 7:30-8:30. Continue »