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 >>)

Introduction to Shambhala Meditation

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Noel McLellan

July 11th—August 1st

The Birmingham Shambhala Center is very pleased to offer the Sakyong’s seminal teachings on Shambhala Meditation. This 4-weeknight format is designed to make the teachings available to those who couldn't attend the weekend in January. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

July 20th—July 22nd

With trust in basic goodness and daring to experience the sharp edge of reality, we move forward with gentleness, increased awareness, and inquisitiveness about the world, as it is. We can extend ourselves to others fully and with kindness. Continue »

Sangha Slow Art Sunday at Birmingham Museum of Art

July 22nd

Visit the Birmingham Museum of Art with your sangha members! We’ll meet in the rear Museum entrance at (off the parking lot) 1:45 pm for this scheduled museum event. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Practice

July 26th

A full moon practice of the Shambhala Sadhana Continue »

Sunday Unplugged Meditation Retreat

July 29th

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 »

First Monday Dharma Talk: The Buddhist View of Nontheism and its Practical Applications

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

August 6th

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 »