The Birmingham Shambhala Center leadership is developing guidelines for such time as it is deemed safe to resume activities in the Center, but for now all public gatherings are still closed.  We continue to offer remote meditation and study opportunities through Zoom. 

We have missed being able to provide individual meditation instruction for new visitors and are now incorporating guided meditation as part of the Monday night meditation session!  An opportunity for questions and discussion is on Sunday afternoons in the “Chat with a Meditation Instructor” below.  

The Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday night meditation sessions begin at 7 pm and finish at 8 pm.  Thursday Compassion Practice follows meditation.

The Zoom links for the weeknight meditation sessions are:

We have a new Zoom offering: “Chat with a Meditation Instructor” on Sunday afternoons from 4 – 5 pm.  Anyone is welcome – new or experienced meditators – to come meet with one of our Meditation Instructors.  Bring your questions and observations!  

The following activities are cancelled until further notice:

  • Monday Blanketeers
  • Monday Adaptive Meditation
  • Tuesday Young Adults Group
  • Friday morning meditation
  • Sunday Unplugged 
  • Sunday afternoon Zen Group Meditation


May all beings be well!


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 →


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