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

Learn to Meditate

with Richard Brown & Ruth Blackburn & Austin Seeley

January 7th—December 1st

Drop-in program the first Sunday of each month. Learn the view and practice of Shamatha, or calm-abiding, mindfulness meditation, which stabilizes the mind and synchronizes mind and body. Continue »

The 6 Paramitas: Cultivating the Virtues of Awakening - Profound Treasury, Mahayana Study [ONLINE]

February 29th—April 13th

The six pāramitās are essential expressions of the bodhisattva, and form the basis for the entire bodhisattva path in the practice of Mahayana Buddhism. Continue »

FREE! The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Weekend Retreat [IN PERSON]

with Andrea Darby & Mary Lang

March 23rd—March 24th

Grounded in the view that human beings are, at the core, fundamentally awake, this retreat helps us see how we discover our own authentic human being in this complex, difficult, yet joyful and alive, world that we live in. Continue »

Awakened Heart: Shambhala Training Level IV [IN PERSON]

October 5th—October 6th

With trust in basic goodness and daring to experience the sharp edge of reality, we move forward with gentleness, increased awareness, and inquisitiveness about the world, as it is. We can extend ourselves to others fully and with kindness. Continue »

Open Sky: Shambhala Training Level V [IN PERSON]

November 16th—November 17th

Communicating with the world gently and fearlessly, our awareness is sharpened and we find the open clear sky of mind, a delightful source of wisdom and uplifted energy. Continue »