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 >>)

Educator Training Class Series

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

July 10th—November 20th

Study and practice for those on the educator path. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I -The Art of Being Human

September 28th—September 29th

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 »

How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

October 2nd—November 13th

This course asks the question, “How can I help?” and explores our relationships with others, an aspiration to help our world, and specific aspects of social transformation. Continue »

October Community Engagement Project

October 12th

The Center's Community Engagement Committee sponsors projects in which sangha members can provide services and assistance in the Birmingham community. We’ll once again be working with Birmingham Audubon at Putnam Middle School. Continue »

Two-Day Meditation Retreat (Huntsville)

October 12th—October 13th

A two-day meditation retreat with chants, sitting and walking meditation, and sessions with the Heart Sutra. Attendance is limited to 12 participants, so register soon. Continue »

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Practice

October 13th

A full moon practice of the Shambhala Sadhana. PLEASE NOTE THE BEGINNING TIME OF 5 PM THIS MONTH. Continue »