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.


Honoring the Miksang Photography of Peter Welte

Peter Welte, late husband of BSMC teacher and Council member Marion Buckley, loved taking pictures. When he was a boy he took them with a Brownie. As a man he carried a Cannon digital camera and equipment with him most all the time. A deeply spiritual man, he fell in love with Miksang contemplative photography...View the 13 Galleries

 

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?

Sakyong MiphamShambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Learn about our vision, lineage & community.

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 >>)

Sadhana of Mahamudra practice

March 28th

Practice of the Sadhana of Mahamudra on the new moon. Continue »

Joy in Everyday Life

with Tonya Veitch & Joel Watson

March 29th—April 26th

As meditation practice expands and we develop trust in basic goodness, we can begin to discover the confidence and personal energy to go forward on the journey. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level III - Warrior in the World

with Christopher Wenger

March 31st—April 2nd

Examining our habitual tendencies, we begin to look at our willingness to experience our life without relying on the cocoon. We begin to engage the world directly and extend the attitude of fearlessness to our activities. Continue »

First Monday Dharma Talk - The Life and Death of Chögyam Trungpa

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

April 3rd

The first Sunday of each month, we offer a half-hour of meditation followed by a dharma (Buddhist and Shambhala teachings) talk and discussion. Continue »

Zentangles for All Ages - A Sangha Wide Invitation

April 9th

The CHILDREN AND FAMILIES PROGRAM is pleased to offer you a very special opportunity to experience and create Zentangles, an art form that is both calming and creative. Ms. Elizabeth van der Kamp, who is a trained zentangle teacher, will be conducting our Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Practice

April 11th

A full moon practice of the Shambhala Sadhana Continue »