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 >>)

Sunday Unplugged Meditation Retreat

January 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 »

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Practice

February 9th

A full moon practice of the Shambhala Sadhana. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate. Continue »

Winter Retreat

February 13th—February 22nd

The annual Winter Retreat is a time of preparation for the Tibetan New Year which begins on Shambhala Day, February 24, the Year of the Iron Mouse. Continue »

Graduate / Educator Sessions: Going Deeper into the Shambhala Dharma of the CIEL Class

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

March 4th—May 13th

A deeper dive of Contentment in Everyday Life for students who have completed Shambhala Training Levels 1-5 and CIEL. Continue »

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Practice

March 10th

A full moon practice of the Shambhala Sadhana. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate. Continue »