After much consideration, the Birmingham Shambhala Center leadership has decided to close all public gatherings at the Center beginning Tuesday, March 16, until further notice, following the lead of many Centers and public facilities in the interest of the health of our members.

However, we are delighted to offer remote meditation and study opportunities through Zoom!  For the Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday night meditation sessions, the format will be an hour of meditation (this is a change from the initial format of 30 minutes) followed by a “check in” discussion.  The links for these, which begin at the normal 7 pm time and are the same each week, are:


Several Shambhala centers have been offering meditation and other programs online (through Zoom), and these sessions are being very well received.  We look forward to being with in community with you virtually as we embark on this adventure!

The Tiger of Contentment class on alternate Wednesdays will be open through Zoom online.  People registered for it will be notified of the link.

The following activities are cancelled until further notice:

  • Monday Blanketeers
  • Monday Adaptive Meditation
  • Tuesday Young Adults Group
  • Friday morning meditation
  • Learn to Meditate on March 21; tentatively rescheduled for May 16
  • Sunday Unplugged on March 22
  • Sunday afternoon Zen Group Meditation
  • Dharma Recovery on Friday and Sunday evenings; contact them for details


May all beings be well!

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 →


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Featured Programs and Events (More >>)

Graduate / Educator Sessions: Going Deeper into the Shambhala Dharma of the CIEL Class

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

March 4th—May 13th

A deeper dive of Contentment in Everyday Life for students who have completed Shambhala Training Levels 1-5 and CIEL. MEETING ONLINE. Continue »

Mindful Monday Community Conversations - Mindfulness and Shambhala Art

with Tonya Veitch

April 20th

In this series, on the third Monday of each month (usually, 3rd Monday this month!), we will practice meditation 7:00-7:30 PM, and engage in a conversation about mindfulness applied to different areas of our life and society, from 7:30-8:30. Continue »

The Contentment of Tiger Session 4: Suffering and the 4 Noble Truths Part 2

with Shastri Janet Bronstein & Tonya Veitch

April 22nd

MEETING ONLINE. The fourth session of a course which provides an exploration of genuine contentment, the foundational views of the Buddhist teachings, and meditation in action for daily life, offered in an expanded format. Continue »

Sunday Unplugged Meditation Retreat

April 26th

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: Meditation and Emotional Resilience

with Marion Buckley

May 4th

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 »

The Contentment of Tiger Session 5: Working with Emotions

with Marion Buckley & Loraine Locke

May 6th

The fifth session of a course which provides an exploration of genuine contentment, the foundational views of the Buddhist teachings, and meditation in action for daily life, offered in an expanded format. Continue »