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 →

Membership

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 >>)

Wisdom in Everyday Life

with Shastri Janet Bronstein & Marion Buckley

October 7th—October 21st

The last of the In Everyday Life series, taught in a condensed two-day format. Prerequisite is Fearlessness in Everyday Life. Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra practice

October 19th

Practice of the Sadhana of Mahamudra on the new moon. Continue »

Sunday Unplugged Meditation Retreat

October 22nd

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 »

Shambhala Training Level I -The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

October 28th—October 29th

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Continue »

Ashe Society

November 4th

The Ashe Society is an opportunity for Warrior Assembly graduates to gather, study and practice together. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Practice

November 4th

A full moon practice of the Shambhala Sadhana Continue »