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

Buddhism Basics: The Four Noble Truths

with Janet Romaine & Jennifer Lacy

June 30th—July 28th

Understand the causes of suffering and the 2500+ year old tools that bring contentment - as discovered by the Buddha and explained by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the founder of Shambhala. Continue »

Join Joy

with Moisès Fernández Via

July 5th—July 11th

One week only - Silent, still, simple early morning being with a daily music mudra to join joy Continue »

Friday Night Talk: The Four Reminders with Emily Bower

with Acharya Emily Bower

July 10th

The traditional Buddhist teachings known as the “four reminders” or “the four thoughts that turn the mind,” tell us to appreciate this life, and to remember the truth of impermanence, the reality of suffering, and the law of karma. Continue »

Friday Night Talk: Tuning Into the Wisdom of the Three Bodies with Arawana Hayashi

with Acharya Arawana Hayashi

July 17th

“I invite you to consider a possibility ... that wisdom lives in each of us. And, perhaps that wisdom also lives in all of us collectively. By wisdom, I mean a knowing that is not defined nor fettered by, not filtered through, the conceptual frameworks of Continue »

Being Strategic, Practical, and Ethical in These Challenging Times

with Eva Wong

October 4th - Date postponed or cancelled

Winning is desirable, but if a victory means sacrificing integrity, honor, and compassion, it is no victory at all. Continue »

Where to begin?

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.

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

Nyinthün, open meditation
weekly group practice of sitting and walking meditation held every Sunday from 9AM till 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.

Heart of Recovery
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
An opportunity to 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
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 to 8PM
For anyone who has received meditation instruction to come ask questions and discuss the practice of meditation.

Introductory Classes: See Beginner Calendar