Welcome to the Boston Shambhala Center


For over 45 years, the Shambhala Meditation Center of Boston has provided space and support for following a path of meditation. Our mission is cultivate the worthiness, wisdom and compassion of individuals and society based on the inherent goodness of humanity and the natural world.

We offer public meditation programs, practice and affinity groups, and a wide range of teachings from the streams of Shambhala lineage – Tibetan Tantric Buddhism, Bon and the Shambhala teachings themselves.

The Shambhala Meditation Center of Boston stands with the black community in proclaiming the dignity and worthiness of black lives. Black Lives Matter.

COVID-19 Pandemic: Read about the Boston Shambhala Center’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and current safety measures, and visit the “Where to begin” or “Classes & Programs” pages to see which programs are being offered online or as a hybrid of in-person and online.

Addressing harm in the Shambhala community.

What people are saying about Shambhala Boston

I adore this place! It’s been a second home for almost 7 years now. Leadership is great and so are the teachers and community.
-Ginelle T., Google
I went on a Sunday to an intro meditation class and learned 1 or 2 new things. The rooms were so peaceful and well designed!
-Richie B., Google
Shambhala Boston is a great community to meditate in. People are very friendly and open. It’s hands down one of the friendliest communities in Boston. I’ve liked coming to the center for the past few years and it is always a great experience.
Sage S., Facebook
…The place is clean and nice and the people are extremely welcoming and kind. I have never meditated before and they gave a mini introduction to meditation before we joined the larger group of those more seasoned which was helpful and less intimidating. It is a really tranquil place that is great for exploring your meditation needs.
Anna T., Yelp

Featured Programs & Events

Learn to Meditate

with Richard Brown & Petri Flint & Austin Seeley

January 7th—December 1st

Drop-in program the first Sunday of each month. Learn the view and practice of Shamatha, or calm-abiding, mindfulness meditation, which stabilizes the mind and synchronizes mind and body. Continue »

Friday Night Movie: Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

July 19th

Bring your friends and join fellow sangha members for a Shambhala-themed film about basic goodness, drala and the magic of the Silk Road, a high Himalayan village, a reluctant teacher, and the magic of place. Continue »

Awakened Heart: Shambhala Training Level IV [IN PERSON]

with Frank Ryan & Susan Ryan

October 5th—October 6th

With trust in basic goodness and daring to experience the sharp edge of reality, we move forward with gentleness, increased awareness, and inquisitiveness about the world, as it is. We can extend ourselves to others fully and with kindness. Continue »

Open Sky: Shambhala Training Level V [IN PERSON]

November 16th—November 17th

Communicating with the world gently and fearlessly, our awareness is sharpened and we find the open clear sky of mind, a delightful source of wisdom and uplifted energy. Continue »

Children's Day: Community Winter Solstice Gathering

December 21st

At a time of year when the night is longest, the Shambhala Center will be decorated with twinkling lights and a special shrine representing the dignity of the family, and the joy and creativity of the youthful heart. All are welcome! Continue »