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, 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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    Generosity Policy Clarified

    When someone is longing to study and practice the Dharma, we don’t want to close the gate because of money. The Governing Council recently re-emphasized this central feature of Shambhala culture. “Sometimes we have people living near us who have devoted their lives to supporting Shambhala and the dharma,” said Council member Greg Wolk. “If … Continue 


Featured Programs

Bodhi School, 2nd Quarter

April 12th—June 14th

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 »

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

with Dan Peterson, Alan Ness, Janet Bass

April 17th—April 19th

"Who am I?" focuses on the sense of self. It includes teachings on basic goodness, selflessness, the arising of ego and cocoon, the five skandhas, buddha-nature, and the confidence of warriorship. Open to everyone. Continue »

Community/Deepening Weekend

April 18th—April 19th

Community/Deepening weekends are a time to deepen our connections and practice together. Continue »

Contentment in Everyday Life (Eastside)

with Janet Bass

April 21st—May 19th

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 »

Sacred Path: Outrageous and Inscrutable

with Shelley Pierce

April 24th—April 26th

The third and fourth dignities, Outrageous and Inscrutable, emphasize fruition and refer to the extraordinary skill of a practiced warrior. Continue »

Pema Chodron on Lojong: Cultivating Loving-Kindness

with Walter Parker

April 27th—June 1st

Explore Pema Chodrön's book, “Start Where You Are”, with teacher, Walter Parker. Contemplate the pithy, penetrating Lojong slogans and learn the practice of Tonglen. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level IV

with Sarah Addison

May 1st—May 3rd

Trusting further 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. Prerequisite: Shambhala Training Level III. Continue »

Kalapa Ikebana: The Art of Flower Arranging

with Shelley Pierce

May 2nd

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

The Road Home: Talk and Book Signing with Shastri Ethan Nichtern

with Shastri Ethan Nichtern

May 14th

Please join Ethan Nichtern, widely considered one of the most accessible, innovative & experienced of the current generation of Buddhist teachers, for a lively talk and signing of his new book The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path Continue »