After much consideration, the Birmingham Shambhala Center leadership has decided to close all public gatherings at the Center beginning Tuesday, March 16, until further notice, following the lead of many Centers and public facilities in the interest of the health of our members.

However, we are delighted to offer remote meditation and study opportunities through Zoom!  For the Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday night meditation sessions, the format will be an hour of meditation (this is a change from the initial format of 30 minutes) followed by a “check in” discussion.  The links for these, which begin at the normal 7 pm time and are the same each week, are:


Several Shambhala centers have been offering meditation and other programs online (through Zoom), and these sessions are being very well received.  We look forward to being with in community with you virtually as we embark on this adventure!

The Tiger of Contentment class on alternate Wednesdays will be open through Zoom online.  People registered for it will be notified of the link.

The following activities are cancelled until further notice:

  • Monday Blanketeers
  • Monday Adaptive Meditation
  • Tuesday Young Adults Group
  • Friday morning meditation
  • Learn to Meditate on March 21; tentatively rescheduled for May 16
  • Sunday Unplugged on March 22
  • Sunday afternoon Zen Group Meditation
  • Dharma Recovery on Friday and Sunday evenings; contact them for details


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 →


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 →

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Foundations for Freedom: The Hinayana Course I - The First Noble Truth: Meeting Suffering with Maitri

April 19th—May 31st

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with Phyllis Mark

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Learn to Meditate

with Tonya Veitch

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In this introductory class you will receive the technique, guidance and experience necessary to start a mindfulness-awareness or "peaceful abiding" meditation practice. Continue »

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Social Meditation: A Weekend Workshop for All Ages

with Shastri Nicholas Kranz

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Through relating genuinely with ourselves and others, we learn to bring the world back into balance. A deep dive into the practice of Social Meditation for the whole community. Continue »

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