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 >>)

Shambhala Day Community Celebration 2020

February 29th

Start a New Year! The Year of the Iron Mouse! This Saturday celebration is a larger celebration compared to the earlier Monday celebration. Continue »

First Monday Dharma Talk: The Four Dignities of Shambhala

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

March 2nd

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 »

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 »

Zen Public Talk and Zazen with Zenkai Taiun M. Elliston, Roshi

March 7th—March 8th

BSMC is hosting a program by the Birmingham Zen Group with a Saturday evening talk and Sunday sitting practice (zazen). Continue »

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Practice

March 10th

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

The Contentment of Tiger

March 11th

This course provides an exploration of genuine contentment, the foundational views of the Buddhist teachings, and meditation in action for daily life, offered in an expanded format. Continue »