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 >>)

Wisdom in Everyday Life

with Marion Buckley & Bill Elliott

August 15th—September 12th

The final course of the In Everyday Life series. Prerequisite is Fearlessness in Everyday Life. Continue »

Sangha Slow Art Sunday at Birmingham Museum of Art

August 19th

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 Money

with Loraine Locke

August 20th

In this series, on the third Monday of each 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 »

Sunday Unplugged Meditation Retreat

August 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. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Practice

August 26th

A full moon practice of the Shambhala Sadhana Continue »

Bodhisattva Vow Inquiry and Preparation

with Marion Buckley

September 9th

Taking the Bodhisattva Vow marks stepping onto the mahayana path of dedicating oneself to working for the benefit of others. This step is taken by some who have previously taken the Refuge Vow and want to make this further commitment. Continue »