Open Public Sitting Hours

Public Sitting

All public sittings are free of charge (donations appreciated).

BSMC is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings for mindfulness meditation from 7:00-8:00 PM.  Free meditation instruction available. Newcomers please arrive 10 minutes early for introduction and brief orientation.

Mondays 5:30-6:30 pm Adaptive Meditation. Participants can sit, walk, or lie down in the meditation room and quietly come and go as needed. We are all unique individuals, and many of us may have physical or emotional challenges that prevent us from enjoying a traditional meditation practice.

Friday morning meditation 7:00-7:30 AM

Community Events

All free of charge (donations appreciated)

Mindful Monday Community Conversations: On the third Monday of each month, we practice meditation 7:00-7:30 PM, followed by a presentation and discussion of how mindfulness can be applied to different areas of our life and society.

Dharma Talks: On the First Monday of each month, we practice meditation 7:00-7:30 PM, followed by a presentation regarding concepts from the Buddhist and Shambhala teaching with discussion. These talks explore what we can learn from these two intertwined wisdom traditions that can support our own lives and meditation practices.

Blanketeers: Mondays from 3:00pm-5:00pm.  This is a loosely knit (pun intended) group who enjoys knitting, crocheting, sewing, or otherwise constructing blankets to donate to the Linus Project.  Recipients are children in trauma situations such as hospitalization, residing in shelters, or removed from families due to abuse or neglect.

 

Introductory

Foundations for Freedom: The Hinayana Course IV - The Third Noble Truth; Freedom From Suffering

with Acharya Dan Hessey & Acharya Suzann Duquette

November 8th—December 13th

The Birmingham Shambhala Center is excited to present the fourth in a series of five courses from Shambhala Online exploring the profundity of the Hinayana teachings of the Buddha. Continue »

Resilient Parenting

with Phyllis Mark

November 14th—March 20th (2021)

Parenting can be tough even at the best of times! But when life is stressful or volatile, it can be particularly difficult to model compassion and buoyancy for children the way we’d like. Resilient Parenting is a crash course in mindfulness-based techniqu Continue »

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Practice

November 28th—June 26th (2021)

The Shambhala Sadhana is celebrated and practiced on or around the full moon as opportunities for us to meet, practice together, and have conversation around themes of basic goodness and wholesome society.  More instruction is now being included. Continue »

The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion

with Judy Lief

December 13th

Join the Huntsville Group in this online study of Judith Lief's presentation of the mahayana path, Volume 2 of The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma. Continue »

Southeast Regional Shambhala Weekend Retreat Level I - The Art of Being Human (ONLINE)

with Shastri Gayle Van Gils

January 16th—January 17th (2021)

OPEN TO ALL! In cooperation with the Southeast Region of Shambhala: This is the first in a sequence of Shambhala Weekend Retreats for exploring meditation as a means to develop fearlessness, confidence, openness, and gentleness toward ourselves and our wo Continue »