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 >>)

Sunday Unplugged Meditation Retreat

August 27th

Sunday Unplugged is a monthly opportunity for meditation practice extended beyond the weeknight one-hour sessions. Practice is from 10 am until 1 pm, with the Shambhala Sadhana Full Moon from noon to 1. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Practice

September 6th

A full moon practice of the Shambhala Sadhana Continue »

Learn to Meditate

with Marion Buckley

September 9th

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

September Community Engagement Activity

September 9th

Monthly project sponsored by the Community Activity Committee Continue »

First Monday Dharma Talk - Practicing Peace in Times of War

with Phyllis Mark

September 11th

The first Sunday of each month, we offer a half-hour of meditation followed by a dharma (Buddhist and Shambhala teachings) talk and discussion. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

September 15th—September 17th

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 »