Open Public Sitting Hours

Public Sitting

Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evening, mindfulness meditation and instruction from 7:00-8:00 pm.  Thought-provoking discussion from 8 – 8:30 pm on Monday and Thursday.

Beginning Friday, February 12, the Wednesday & Friday morning meditation sessions (7:00-7:30 am) will be suspended through March 18. This offering is being re-evaluated.

Community Practice Evenings

You are invited to participate in extended group sittings, dharma readings and discussion. This opportunity to practice for up to three hours with other sangha members is now being offered one weeknight a month, rotating through Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights in upcoming months.

Opening chants and sitting begin at 6 pm; at 8 pm there will be a dharma talk and discussion; we will finish with closing chants by 9 pm.

The regular weeknight meditation session with instruction will still be available from 7 until 8.  You are welcome to join in for all or part of this practice.


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 »