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.


Shambhala Boston is part of a global community which aspires to awaken kindness, goodness and wisdom within society. This vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness.

Addressing harm in the Shambhala community.


Where to begin?

The following recurring programs will be held online: Heart of Recovery, 30’s and Under, Open House, Nyinthün Sunday morning meditation

The following recurring programs are not being held: Learn to Meditate

We offer a wealth of classes and retreats, here are a few to start with:

Learn to Meditate: Sundays 12:30-1:30pm

Nyinthün, morning meditation: Sundays 10:00am-11:30am

Heart of Recovery: Mondays 7:30-9:00pm

30’s and Under: Tuesdays 7:30-9:00pm

Open House: Wednesdays 7:00 – 8:30

Introductory Classes: See Beginner Calendar

Read more about Getting Started.

Featured Programs

[ONLINE] The Wisdom of No Escape - Ongoing Drop In Class for Newcomers and Community Members

March 18th—April 29th

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. Continue »

FULL - Profound Treasury Mahayana Study: The Six Paramitas [ONLINE]

with Mary Lang, Nealy Zimmermann, Judith Vreeland

March 26th—May 7th

“Paramita practice is based on human decency, and how to be in the world and help others who are suffering… Paramita practice is the essence of how to be a bodhisattva.” –Chӧgyam Trungpa, Rinpoche Continue »

Parinirvana Day Feast [ONLINE hosted either by Karmê Chöling or Ocean]

April 4th

On the anniversary of the passing of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the whole community is invited to practice the Sadhana of Mahamudra. This event will be hosted online by Karmê Chöling Continue »

What Can We Rely On? Advice from the Buddha and Atisha

with Acharya Richard John

April 25th—April 26th - Date postponed or cancelled

Explore one of the Buddha’s most profound and practical teachings - "The Four Reliances" - supporting students on who and what to trust to guide their path Continue »

Being Strategic, Practical, and Ethical in These Challenging Times

with Eva Wong

October 4th

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