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 >>)

Basic Goodness I - Who Am I?

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

May 22nd—June 26th

This course asks the question, “Who am I?” and explores the sense of self. from the Buddhist and Shambhala perspectives. Continue »

Sunday Unplugged Meditation Retreat

May 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 »

Planning Meeting for Meditation for Other-abled People

June 3rd

Exploring options to offer meditation sessions to accommodate people with physical or other challenges. Continue »

OPEN HOUSE! Project Linus Blankets

June 8th

Shambhala's Blessing Blanketeers invite you to join us at the center on Saturday, June 8 from 2 -4 pm to help make blankets for traumatized children. The Blanketeers participate in the local chapter of Project Linus, a charitable organization that knits, Continue »

Central Alabama Pride Parade

June 8th

Come join us as we march in the Pride Parade again this year supporting the Birmingham LGBTQ community! Continue »

Sangha Slow Art Sunday at Birmingham Museum of Art

June 9th

Visit the Birmingham Museum of Art with your sangha members! We’ll gather together in the museums main entrance lobby beginning at 1:45 pm. Continue »