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 >>)

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Shastri Janet Bronstein & Marion Buckley

May 30th—June 27th

Learning to work with our anxiety, we are not blocked by fear. Through an exploration of the Buddhist teachings of mind and the nature of reality, we learn to see clearly. We dare to face life and death as they are. Continue »

Sunday Unplugged Meditation Retreat

June 24th

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 Sadhana Practice

June 28th

A full moon practice of the Shambhala Sadhana Continue »

Ikebana Workshop - Saturday - Adult Program

with Brooke Pohl

June 30th

You are invited to join your heart and mind with nature. Ikebana, an ancient Japanese art form, combines the products of nature with creativity to open a path of self discovery. This mindfulness practice can reflect one’s state of mind and affect one’ Continue »

Ikebana Workshop - Sunday - Children's Program

with Brooke Pohl

July 1st

You are invited to join your heart and mind with nature. Ikebana, an ancient Japanese art form, combines the products of nature with creativity to open a path of self discovery. Continue »

Ikebana Workshop - Sunday - Adult Program

with Brooke Pohl

July 1st

You are invited to join your heart and mind with nature. Ikebana, an ancient Japanese art form, combines the products of nature with creativity to open a path of self discovery. This mindfulness practice can reflect one’s state of mind and affect one’ Continue »