Spark your heart and mind through meditation

The Seattle Shambhala Meditation Center is a vibrant community with a warm approach to the study and practice of meditation.  We provide instruction in mindfulness-awareness meditation for beginners and for experienced practitioners, a diverse variety of evening and weekend programs and group meditation sessions.  We offer tools to help discover greater compassion, confidence, wisdom and joy in our day-to-day life.

The Shambhala teachings offer a way to extend our personal transformation for the benefit of society as a whole.  We discover the wisdom, sanity and goodness within our seemingly complex and chaotic minds, and the inherent goodness in the world around us.

Our Center is located in the Madison valley neighborhood of Seattle.  We also offer programs in Ballard, Pioneer Square, West Seattle, the Eastside, Issaquah, Edmonds, and Tacoma . For a listing of all sittings, programs and events check out the monthly calendar.

You are warmly invited to join us!

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

What is Shambhala?

Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Learn about our vision, lineage & community.


Pema Chodron

Pema Chödrön is one of the most prominent Buddhist teachers in the West. She is widely known for her charming and down-to-earth teachings. She is an ordained nun, author, and senior teacher (achraya) in Shambhala. More →

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We offer public meditation, instruction, discussion groups, and more at locations around the greater Seattle area including in Ballard, Pioneer Square, West Seattle, the Eastside, Edmonds, and Tacoma. More →


Getting Started:

There are many ways to get acquainted with Shambhala Buddhism and the people at the Seattle Center.  Join us for an Open House with meditation instruction, a dharma talk and social time on Thursday evenings or Sunday mornings. More →

Katie Baingbridge

Ongoing Programs

Our center offers a rich array of ongoing programs free to the public including weekly public sitting meditation hours and dharma talks. No prior meditation experience required to attend.  All are welcome. More →



The Seattle Shambhala Meditation Center is a member supported organization. Membership is a way to express appreciation for what Shambhala provides and help make it available to others. Learn more about getting involved.


Latest News from the Seattle Blog

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    Children’s Day Lights Up Winter Solstice

    The laughter of Seattle Shambhala children and their grownup friends floated up like an offering as we celebrated Children’s Day on December 21. Over the years, the Shambhala community has adopted a tradition of celebrating the changes of season. These special days of celebration are called nyida days – from nyima (“sun”) and dawa (“moon”). … Continue 


Featured Programs

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Tom Gaylord

January 5th—January 26th

This course is designed to provide participants with the introductory tools and teachings for working with meditation in daily life. Mindfulness meditation practice can bring greater stability, strength, and clarity. Open to everyone. Continue »

Bodhi School

January 18th—March 15th

A time for children between 8 and 11 to experience Shambhala culture and studies. Held one Sunday a month at the Seattle Shambhala Center. Continue »

Awake in Action (at the Union Hotel)

January 25th

Awake in Action (AiA) is the social action group of the Seattle Shambhala Center. Please come and volunteer at the Union Hotel in downtown Seattle. Continue »

Sacred Path: Meek

with Shastri Rayna Jacobson

January 30th—February 1st

Meek is a study of the grounded, humble and gentle beginning stages of the warrior's journey. As the second of the four dignities, Perky focuses on cultivating sharp, vibrant and uplifted energy through natural discipline. Continue »

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Robert Reichner & Tom Gaylord

February 3rd—March 3rd

This course provides an exploration of genuine contentment, the foundational views of the Buddhist teachings, and meditation in action for daily life. With meditation practice, we can learn to appreciate ourselves. Open to everyone. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level II

with Janet Bass

February 6th—February 8th

Building on the meditation practice learned in Level I and having had a taste of basic goodness, we now examine the habitual tendencies and defense mechanisms which we use to mask our fear. Continue »

Refuge Vow Preparatory Class

with Randy Harris

February 7th

If you are sincerely interested in taking the Refuge Vow or would like to learn more about the vow, please join us. Everyone is welcome to attend the class whether you decide to take the vow or not. Continue »

Mamo Chants

February 8th—February 17th

The upcoming celebration of Shambhala Day on February 19th marks the end of one year's cycle and the beginning of a new one. We are encouraged to practice as much as possible in the period (the don season) just before Shambhala Day. Continue »

Kalapa Ikebana: The Art of Flower Arranging

with Shelley Pierce

February 11th

Kalapa Ikebana is a practice that combines traditional teachings of Japanese flower arranging with mindfulness awareness practice. Open to everyone. Continue »

Uniting the Masculine and the Feminine - a Valentines Day Mudra Space Awareness workshop (Shambhala Annex)

with Greg Heffron

February 14th

When faced with the situations that provoke us to act in order to be of help, we often run into our our hesitation and doubt. The experiential mind/body practice of Mudra Space Awareness leans into this doubt and reveals space hidden within anxiety... Continue »