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.

It is based on the radical idea that the natural state of the mind is not scattered, nervous, and confused, but rather calm, creative, and clear. Practicing regularly provides a way to settle into this natural state more often.  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.

Beginners are welcome and no registration required.
Each group includes meditation instruction, practice and discussion.

These programs are by donation – any amount is appreciated  -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-12:00pm, 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