What is Shambhala?

The Birmingham Shambhala Meditation Center is part of Shambhala, a global social movement to bring kindness, insight, meditation, and sacredness into society.

“Shambhala” is the name of a mythical kingdom in Central Asia where the people enjoyed harmony, good health, and well-being. The basis for such an enlightened society is the people’s confidence and respect for inherent goodness, wisdom and dignity–in themselves, in each other, and in society. The wisdom that enabled the culture and community of Shambhala to flourish has been handed down from teacher to student. The kingdom of Shambhala is a model for the creation of enlightened society here and now.

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Shambhala Community in Birmingham

BSMC is a community committed to practicing, studying and building the basis for a caring and compassionate society. We offer open meditation sessions, individual meditation instruction, weeknight classes, weekend retreats, and periodic community events. You are welcome to drop in and visit, practice meditation during our open sitting sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights at no charge.

The Shambhala teachings are grounded in ancient wisdom and practical knowledge from many traditional cultures, especially teachings from ancient Tibet. These teachings begin with the understanding that all beings are basically good, and that life is worth living. We call this a path of spiritual warriorship, which here means living a life of fearlessness, gentleness, and intelligence. The Shambhala teachings emphasize being in the world, and bringing together everyday life, work, family, and social action with the path of meditation. The teachings focus on how to help this world. In essence, Shambhala is about living a full human life, right in the midst of challenges.