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 →

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 >>)

Contentment in Everyday Life (Huntsville)

with Bill Elliott

February 21st—March 21st - Date postponed or cancelled

Being offered in Huntsville, this course provides an exploration of genuine contentment, the foundational views of the Buddhist teachings, and meditation in action for daily life. It can be a stand-alone class or a complementary class to Shambhala Traini Continue »

Taming the Mind (from Shambhala School of Buddhist Studies)

with Shastri Janet Bronstein, Marion Buckley, Phyllis Mark

March 6th—April 6th

Our first offering from the Shambhala School of Buddhist Studies introduces the view and practice of hinayana Buddhism. Continue »

Mindful Monday Community Conversations - Mindfully Working the Dharma in a Maximum Security Facility

with Bill Elliott

March 18th

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 »

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Practice

March 21st

A full moon practice of the Shambhala Sadhana Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I -The Art of Being Human (Huntsville)

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

March 23rd—March 24th

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 »

Sunday Unplugged Meditation Retreat

March 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 »