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

Practicing Peace in Times of War [In Person]

with Judy Vreeland

December 9th

Is peace a state of fortunate circumstances, or a way of engaging with the circumstances of the world? Continue »

Children's Day: Community Winter Solstice Gathering

December 23rd

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 »

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Weekend [In Person]

with Frank Ryan & Susan Ryan

January 6th—January 7th (2024)

When we open up to our full experience we start to recognize our habitual patterns and also begin to discover fearlessness. We can actually free ourselves from the patterns that constrain the brilliant, compassionate, mindful warrior within. Continue »

The Path of Meditation: Making Friends with Your Mind [Hybrid]

with Judy Vreeland & Petri Flint

January 16th—February 6th (2024)

Build a meditation practice based on the essentials of practice as described in Pema Chodron's book "How to Meditate" Continue »

Walking a Genuine Path: A Journey of Liberation, Compassion, and Celebration [In Person]

January 20th (2024)

A genuine spiritual path can provide guide posts, practices, and the support of a community to help us navigate life in a clear-eyed, open hearted way. A one-day program with Gaylon Ferguson Continue »