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 .

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 →

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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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    Harvesting Peace

    By Karen Garrett de Luna   The Seattle Shambhala Center joyfully celebrated Harvest of Peace festivities on Sunday, September 21, 2014, a beautiful, sun-kissed Seattle day. Greg Wolk, director of culture and decorum and governing council member, opened the celebration with a lhasang. Later in the shrine room, the sangha expressed heartfelt gratitude to  individual … Continue 


Featured Programs

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

with Shastri Matthew Lyon & Shastri Ben Hines

October 2nd—November 13th

"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

November 1st—November 2nd

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

Book Discussion Class: Preparing to Die - Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition

with Randy Harris & Jean Berolzheimer

November 3rd—November 24th

We will explore Buddhist perspectives on how to prepare for our inevitable death, based on the Introduction and Part One of Andrew Holecek's book, "Preparing to Die - Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition." Continue »

Shambhala Training Level II

with Robert Reichner & Dan Peterson

November 7th—November 9th

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 »

Shambhala - The Sacred Path of the Warrior (Eastside)

with Jim Jennings & Alice Kelly

November 11th—December 9th

Each week, we will read and discuss Part 1 of the book "Shambhala - The Sacred Path of the Warrior" by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, founder of Shambhala. This book is about basic human wisdom, and a path for discovering it within ourselves and others. Continue »

Sacred Path: Drala

with Dan Peterson

November 14th—November 16th

Through exploring the depth of perception, one engages the elemental and magical strength inherent in the world. The principle of drala refers to the sacred energy and power that exists when we step beyond aggression. Continue »

The Sakyong's Birthday Celebration

November 15th

Wondering who Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is? Interested in learning why he is the King of Shambhala? Then come and celebrate his birthday! We will eat cake, have drinks and watch a documentary film about him titled "An Uncommon King." Continue »

Kalapa Ikebana: The Art of Flower Arranging

with Shelley Pierce

November 18th

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

Basic Goodness Online Retreat with Pema Chodron and Acharya Dale Asrael (Shambhala Annex)

with Jean Berolzheimer

November 21st—November 23rd

Acharyas Pema Chodron and Dale Asrael recently offered teachings on Basic Goodness and the Shambhala Meditation at the Omega Institute. This online program is a unique opportunity to learn and practice the Shambhala Meditation. Continue »

Impermanence and Enlightened Society

with Acharya Richard John

December 5th

Acharya Richard John is offering a Friday evening public talk on "Impermanence and Enlightened Society". This will be a lead-in to the full weekend program on Living, Dying and the Path of Meditation. Continue »