Ongoing Offerings

BSMC 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. Click on the individual offerings for more information.

Open Public Sitting Hours

Learn to Meditate Classes

Children and Families




Introduction to Shambhala Meditation

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Dale Asrael, Acharya Noel McLellan

July 11th—August 1st

The Birmingham Shambhala Center is very pleased to offer the Sakyong’s seminal teachings on Shambhala Meditation. This 4-weeknight format is designed to make the teachings available to those who couldn't attend the weekend in January. Continue »

Sunday Unplugged Meditation Retreat

July 29th

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 »

First Monday Dharma Talk: The Buddhist View of Nontheism and its Practical Applications

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

August 6th

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

Refuge Vow Inquiry and Preparation

with Marion Buckley

August 12th

Taking the Refuge Vow is the step of becoming a Buddhist. This class is preparation for the Refuge Vow offered in March or for simply investigating the meaning of the vow. Continue »

Mindful Monday Community Conversations - Mindfulness and Money

with Loraine Locke

August 20th

In this series, on the third Monday of each 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 »