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

Profound Treasury Hinayana Study: Shamatha - A Meditator’s Toolkit

with Mary Lang, Jade Weston, Judy Vreeland

October 15th—November 21st

Join us for this fall’s Profound Treasury module exploring the very foundation of the Hinayana path of individual liberation – Chӧgyam Trungpa's classic teachings on the sitting practice of meditation. Continue »

Moonbeams of Mahamudra: Shamatha

with Elizabeth Callahan

November 3rd—January 12th (2021)

Resting quietly in non-conceptuality with the sharp clarity of mindfulness, Mahamudra shamatha establishes the space in which we behold the nature of mind. Continue »

Nov 4 Community Refuge

with Judy Vreeland, John Ranco, Daniel Johnson

November 4th

Community, practice, and an open discussion on the first evening after the election. Continue »

Friday Night Talk - Hope and Fear of Collapse: Inquiring into Political Anxiety

with Adam Lobel

November 6th

Who knows where we will be after the US Presidential Election on November 3rd? We may find ourselves with new clarity, increased uncertainty, or, perhaps what is most likely and most disturbing, just more of the same. Continue »

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

November 11th—December 16th

The cornerstone of Shambhala Training, introducing the foundational teachings and practice of our tradition and the principles for engaging life with bravery and compassion. 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

Introductory Classes: See Beginner Calendar