“Let us cultivate a culture of kindness.
In that moment we are determining the outcome of the world.”
~ Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

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Why become a member of the Boston Shambhala Center?

Membership is a way to express your support and commitment to a culture of kindness. Shambhala members hold the vision a society rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. As Shambhalians we pledge to create a culture that fosters this inherent goodness in all people so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society at large.

Although membership is not required to participate in much of what the Center has to offer, it is the members who have made a personal commitment to practice, service and generosity which allows a profound tradition of meditation to survive and flourish through the wonderful programs, practice sessions, and events that we offer.

If you find the community and vision of Shambhala is valuable for you, please consider becoming a member of the Boston Shambhala Center.

To support and be supported by a community of people committed to integrating contemplative practice into their daily lives:

    1. The opportunity to work with a Meditation Instructor
    2. Access to member-only events and communications
    3. Automatic membership in Shambhala’s world-wide network and access to member resources at
    4. Prerequisite for Advanced Meditation programs and Teacher Training programs
    5. Eligibility for scholarships toward Core Path programs at other Shambhala Centers
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We make a commitment to creating good human society through:

    1. Meditation Practice
    2. Volunteer Service
    3. Financial Contributions



Meditation Practice

The primary practice we can offer both to ourselves and to those around us is to cultivate the inherent mindfulness, awareness and compassion of our own minds. Without this foundation our efforts to be of service are as likely to perpetuate the speed self-centeredness of our habitual patters. Cultivating these qualities offers us the insight of broader perspective when we are inclined to act out of line with our values, and helps us maintain our balance when we encounter life’s ups and downs.

Establishing a regular connection to mindfulness-awareness meditation and contemplative practice, and integrating this practice into daily life is considered the best way for members to support ourselves, our community and the world.

To support their meditation practice, Members are eligible to work with a Meditation Instructor as an ongoing support for their mediation practice. Members are also encouraged to attend ongoing practice and affinity groups at the Boston Shambhala Center as well as continuing on the path of Shambhala Training.


Volunteer Service

Service is how we put the kindness and compassion we cultivate in our practice into action.

The work of the Boston Shambhala Center – as well as the work of the whole global Shambhala community – depends on volunteer efforts. Giving our time and talents to the work of the community is a vital form of support and viewed as part of members’ practice. Volunteering puts our meditation into action and makes a vital contribution to our programs and events.

Service can take many forms. Many members are regulars at a recurring practice or affinity group – such as Heart of Recovery, Nyinthun or Open House – and staff that program as part of their commitment to serve to community. Some members (who have completed least Level III) enjoy staffing the weekend training programs as a way to hear the teachings again at a new point on their practice path, and also put them into practice immediately while helping others.

If program staffing doesn’t work for you, there are many other ways to offer your service to the community. There are groups who are trained to tend the shrines, or create flower arrangements for events, and those who just come in and help clean or organize.


Financial Contributions

Dating back to the historical Buddha, generosity has been cultivated as a means to support the sangha of practitioners and as a virtue to develop unto itself.

Generosity comes in many forms, but financial generosity is vital in our society. The organizations, products, services and ultimately the values that people invest in are the ones which thrive and grow. Making a monthly financial commitment is a clear acknowledgement of the value that you feel Shambhala has in your life and in the world. This gesture of support is a very important step along the Shambhala path.

Member contributions cover over half of the center’s operating expenses throughout the year. Regular monthly contributions provide the Shambhala Center a stable stream of revenue by which we can create an operating budget to maintain this unique place and programming throughout the year.


As a practice, generosity looks different for people in different situations. We offer some recommended contribution amounts as guidelines, but simply ask that you consider your situation and give as generously as you can – knowing that others benefit greatly from your generosity.

Recommended Financial Contributions

Tiger$20 – $30/moBeginning Level (Students/Seniors/Low-Income)
Lion$40 – $59/moSupporting Level (Suggested for Individuals)
Garuda$60 – $99/moSustaining Level (Couples / Families)
Dragon$100+/moPatron Level

The center also needs other things to operate – so if you have an item or service you’d like to donate, please contact Deputy Director Max Roberts-Zirker at


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“With the great problems facing human society, it seems increasingly important to find simple and non-sectarian ways to work with ourselves and to share our understanding with others. The Shambhala teachings or “Shambhala vision” as this approach is more broadly called, is one such attempt to encourage a wholesome existence for ourselves and others.”
– Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, author of Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior