The Shambhala Meditation Center of Boston is home to a wonderfully diverse community who share a genuine connection to contemplative practice and the aspiration to realize a more wakeful, sane society. Among us are dedicated senior teachers who have walked the Shambhala Buddhist path for many years, and enthusiastic newcomers who are just discovering our teachings on realizing basic goodness. Friends and members of the Shambhala Center are welcome to attend celebrations, practice events, meetings and gatherings of various groups.

Community Practice Events

Our center has a rich array of ongoing offerings open to the public including weekly public sitting meditation hours and dharma talks. No prior meditation experience required to attend.  All are welcome. Ongoing Programs Information

Getting Involved

Our community and center is almost entirely volunteer run. All of our programs are staffed by volunteers, as well as our councils and committees. People from all walks of life dedicate some amount of time to support other people to sit on the cushion and become familiar with their own basic goodness. The vision of a sane and awake society begins with one simple act: Getting Involved.

Family and Children

We welcome families at the Boston Shambhala Center as a vital part of our community. Our aspiration is to have a local Shambhala community in which families gather for practice; feel included and supported; and which includes a path for our children to deepen their experience of basic goodness. We’re committed to creating the circumstances for this aspiration to become a reality. Contact us about bringing your family to the center at:

Societal Health and Well Being Council

The Societal Health & Well-Being Directors form and lead a local committee dedicated to fostering a warm, inviting, and caring community of practitioners, thus polishing and shining the Third Jewel of Sangha. Activities of this committee include:

  • Fostering greater communication and contact among community members, including focused
    community building efforts.
  • Ensuring there is a welcoming, hospitable environment for all who enter the Center.Developing awareness and pro-active sensitivity as regards all aspects of diversity: racial, ethnic, socio-economic, sexual orientation, age, gender, physical ability, etc.
  • Making sure there are regular celebrations and social activities, including all Nyida Days (in collaboration with the Office of Culture and Decorum).
  • Caring for the health and well-being of community members when illness, conflict or social difficulties arise (in collaboration with the Desung).
  • Promoting responsiveness by the Center to local and global environmental and social issues.
  • Ensuring that needs of families and children are completely interwoven into the fabric of community life.

Martina Bouey (Chair) – Co-Director of Societal Health and Well-being
Mary Coonan (Chair) – Co-Director of Societal Health and Well-being
Elizabeth Latchis – Representative to the Office of Culture and Decorum
Brandon Jellison – Center Desung
Bryan Mendiola – Diversity Committee Chair
Mary Lang – Care for the Aging

Seasonal Celebrations

Over the years our community has adopted a tradition of celebrating the changes of the seasons. These are called “nyida” days from the Tibetan words nyima (sun) and dawa (moon), and they occur on or near the days of the equinoxes and solstices. Nyida days are family-oriented celebrations and occasions for local Shambhala communities to gather socially. Midsummer Day observes the summer solstice; the Harvest of Peace the autumn equinox; Children’s Day, the winter solstice. Shambhala Day is our annual celebration of “losar” or the new year according to the Tibetan calendar. Since it typically falls in February or March, it takes the place of observing the spring equinox.