The Birmingham Shambhala Meditation Center is pleased to offer multiple opportunities for meditation throughout the week.  Our Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday night meditation sessions begin at 7 pm and finish at 8 pm.  Newcomers will be offered abbreviated meditation instruction on these nights.  New daytime meditation sessions on Wednesday and Friday will begin May 24 and 26.  The Wednesday session is 10 – 11 am; the Friday session is 7 – 7:30 am.  For the daytime sessions, no instruction will be available.  All open meditation sessions will be hybrid – both live in the Center and on Zoom.

Information and Zoom links for recurring practice events:

  • Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday night meditation sessions and Wednesday and Friday daytime sessions:

Public Meditation (Hybrid)

  • Burning Rock Soto Zen Group meets in the Center on Sunday afternoon from 1:15 – 2:00 pm, and on Wednesday morning from 7:00 to 7:30 pm.  (No Zoom)


  • Mindful Sunday (first Sunday of each month) meditation and dharma talk, 9:00 – 11:30 am (Hybrid)


  • Recovery Dharma meets at the Center on Sundays at 6:30 pm.  Their full online meeting schedule with Zoom links is on their Facebook page.


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 →

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