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 >>)

Community Gathering

September 22nd

I cordially invite you to a third community meeting. I offer this time as an opportunity to voice your concerns and feelings. We can also use this time to address questions as we are able - many things are still forming. As sangha, we walk this path of Continue »

Sunday Unplugged Meditation Retreat

September 23rd

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 »

Harvest of Peace Celebration

September 23rd

Come celebrate the community during our annual gathering at the Harvest of Peace! Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Practice

September 24th

A full moon practice of the Shambhala Sadhana Continue »

Shrine Room Painting Party

September 26th—September 27th

Volunteers needed to help paint the shrine room before the acharya visit in October! Most supplied provided. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky

with Shastri Sue Gilman

September 28th—September 30th

Communicating with the world gently and fearlessly, our awareness is sharpened and we find the open clear sky of mind - a delightful source of wisdom and uplifted energy. We learn to trust our nature enough to let go into the present moment. Continue »