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?

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 →

Featured Programs and Events (More >>)

P&E Committee Meeting

April 24th

Planning meeting for future program offerings Continue »

Sunday Unplugged Meditation Retreat

April 28th

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 »

Buddha Day at Avondale Park!

with Phyllis Mark

May 4th

Join us for our annual celebration of our Center children, spend an afternoon outdoors, and have some fun/food and play inspired by the Buddha's emphasis on kindness and mutual appreciation. Continue »


with Elizabeth Vander Kamp

May 5th

Zentangle is an easy to learn, relaxing way of drawing structured patterns that create beautiful images. If you cannot draw a straight line, Zentangle is for you! Certified Zentangle Teacher, Elizabeth Vander Kamp Will take you step by step through t Continue »

First Monday Dharma Talk: How the Story of the Buddha’s Enlightenment Applies to Us

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

May 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 »

Learn to Meditate

with Marion Buckley

May 18th

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