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.


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.

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Featured Programs & Events

100 Minute Online Meditation Challenge

with Max Roberts-Zirker

May 31st—June 6th

Are you ready to re-engage your meditation practice? Join a five-day meditation challenge to jump-start your practice! Continue »

Why Awareness of Death is Central to our Practice: an online public talk by Acharya Eric Spiegel

with Acharya Eric Spiegel

June 5th

First in a series of occasional Friday Night Talks from the Boston Shambhala Center in June and July 2020 Continue »

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

with Scott Perkins

June 12th

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 Talks: Discovering Genuineness with Noel McLellan

with Acharya Noel McLellan

June 19th

This is a confusing and painful time for our world. In the midst of uncertainty, loss, fake news, and disruption, where can we rest our minds and hearts? Continue »

Self-Compassion Meditation Mini-Retreat

with Katherine King

June 27th

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

Where to begin?

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

These programs are by donation – any amount is appreciated
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Learn to Meditate
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, and

Introductory Classes: See Beginner Calendar