Welcome to the Boston Shambhala Center

The Boston Shambhala Center provides space and support for following a path of meditation. Our mission is to cultivate the worthiness, wisdom and compassion of individuals and society based on the inherent goodness of humanity and the natural world.


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

Due to the spread of the coronavirus, Covid-19, the Boston Shambhala Center is not hosting programs at our center. See “Where to begin” below, or the “Classes & Programs” tab to see what is being offered online. The following link further describes our responses and suggestions for safety.

Addressing harm in the Shambhala community.

Featured Programs & Events

The Sanity Behind Addiction: The Wisdom of Recovery [ONLINE]

with Scott Perkins

August 14th

Friday Night Talk Series: Grounded in meditation, the Buddhist teachings provide a practical means to support recovery from addictions and compulsive behaviors, as well as help us release the clinging to thoughts and impulses that lead us to suffering Continue »

Friday Night Talk: Swaying, Not Breaking, in the Worldly Winds [ONLINE]

with Elizabeth Monson

August 21st

As the world moves further into a time when there is less sacred outlook, and little support for maintaining our sanity and compassion, how can we create the conditions for responding to our lives with flexibility, clarity, warmth Continue »

Friday Night Talk - Welcoming Our True Nature: Seeing the Zen Oxherding Pictures [ONLINE]

with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

August 28th

We will look at the Zen Oxherding pictures, a map of the Buddhist spiritual journey from "seeking" to "being in the world." Continue »

Self-Compassionate Meditation Mini-Retreat [ONLINE]

with Katherine King

August 29th

Get a deeper, more experiential understanding of what it means to practice meditation from a self-compassionate perspective. Continue »

Getting Started

“Meditation practice begins by sitting down and assuming your seat cross-legged on the ground. You begin to feel that by simply being on the spot, your life can become workable and even wonderful.”  

– Chögyam Trungpa, Founder of the Shambhala Tradition

Meditation is a practice that anyone can do. At the Shambhala Meditation Center of Boston, we begin by training in shamatha or mindfulness meditation. This foundational technique allows you to tune into the present moment, at home, at work, or wherever you go in your day to day life.

These programs are by donation – any amount is appreciated
paypal.me/shambhalaboston  -or- venmo: @ShambhalaBoston0015 (use 0015 if it asks you to confirm a phone number)

Programs are open for 15 minutes after the start time. Then they are locked to new participants to protect the practice environment.

Nyinthün, open meditation
10:00am-11:30am, online
weekly group practice of sitting and walking meditation held every Sunday from 9am-noon. The morning begins and ends with a short set of traditional group chants and includes a dharma reading and a practice of compassion for those who have instruction in Tonglen.

Learn to Meditate (1st & 3rd Sundays)
12:00-1:00pm, online
Bring the simple, yet profound and powerful practice of meditation into your daily life.
Learn to Meditate is an introduction to Shamatha, a “calm-abiding” mindfulness practice that stabilizes the mind and synchronizes mind and body.

Heart of Recovery
7:30-9:00pm, online
A weekly gathering bringing together Buddhist meditation practice and recovery. Open to all—meditation practitioners from all traditions and Twelve Step practitioners from all programs.

30’s and Under
7:30-9:00pm, online
Connect with other young people in the Boston area who are interested in meditation. The evening begins with instruction and meditation practice. Sitting meditation is followed by Social Meditation, which is an embodied exploration of bringing meditative awareness into our interactions with others

Open House
7:00 – 8:30pm, online
Join us for ongoing drop-in classes based on Pema Chödrön’s classic book on Buddhist meditation practice, The Wisdom of No Escape. The book is a series of beautiful and simple practice talks on how to be both brave and gentle with ourselves. The session includes instruction and sitting meditation, guided discussion

Learn to Meditate Office Hours (2nd & 4th Thursdays)
7:00 – 8:30pm, online
For anyone who has received meditation instruction to come ask questions and discuss the practice of meditation.

Introductory Classes: See Beginner Calendar