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

The Bone of Existence: The Path of a Lonely Buddha

with John Rockwell

April 13th—May 4th

Once upon a time a meditator picked up a bone in a charnel ground, and wondered how this bone came to be. Upon reflection, they concluded it came from death—someone dying... Continue »

Friday Night Talk – Dharma Advice for Making Life Decisions

with Acharya Richard John

April 23rd

Life is shaped by a stream of choices, by what we accept and reject. How does one navigate in the direction of wakefulness and compassion? Continue »

Friday Night Talk, Reprise: Embracing Loneliness with Karma Lӧdrӧ Gyendon

April 30th

Loneliness is an experience that all humans have but often try to resist. We reject it out of fear that it means there is something wrong with our experience. What happens when we embrace loneliness as a quality that connects us? Continue »

A Mindful Outdoor Experience [IN PERSON]

with Jean Beebe

May 1st

A Mindful Outdoor Experience (MOE) is a personally guided 60-90 minute meditative outdoor walk, appropriate for people from all walks of life, meant to engage our present moment awareness using our sense perceptions. Continue »

Friday Night Talk - First Thought Best Thought: The Poetry of Chögyam Trungpa

with David Rome

May 14th

Nowhere is Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s inner life more accessible than in his poetry. We will explore both the poetry and Rinpoche’s creative process, as well as how he used poetry to awaken his students. Continue »