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 →

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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.


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    Child Care 2015

    by Robin Willett — Shambhala Child Care is available most every Sunday, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm.  Child Care provides some open time for parents who would like to join the public meditation session on Sunday mornings. Beginning September 27, Bodhi School is offered one Sunday each month, for children 8 to 12 years old.  … Continue 


Featured Programs

Kalapa Ikebana: The Art of Flower Arranging (open to all)

with Shelley Pierce

September 5th

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

Kalapa Ikebana: The Art of Flower Arranging (advanced)

with Shelley Pierce

September 5th - Date cancelled

Kalapa Ikebana: The Art of Flower Arranging

with Shelley Pierce

September 16th

Welcome to Shambhala: An Orientation to our Community

September 18th

A chance for our newest members to meet each other, learn more about our Shambhala community, and get questions answered. For members who have never attended an orientation and for non-members who want to find out more about membership. Continue »

Harvest of Peace

September 19th

Annual celebration held at the time of the autumn equinox. The gathering includes an address by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche to the international community as well as updates on local happenings at our Center, food, fundraising & socializing. All are welcome. Continue »

Meditation in Everyday Life (Shambhala Annex)

September 21st—October 19th

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 »

Shambhala Training Level I

September 25th—September 26th

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Open to everyone. Continue »

Bodhi School, Fall Quarter

September 27th—December 6th

A time for children between 7 and 11 to experience Shambhala culture and studies. Held one Sunday a month at the Seattle Shambhala Center. Continue »

Karuna Training: Introduction to Contemplative Psychology

with Shastri Sandra Ladley

October 3rd—October 4th

Skillful communication and compassionate exchange as an expression of our intrinsic sanity - an introduction to the fundamentals of Karuna Training and the foundations of Contemplative Psychology. Continue »

Qigong, Level I and II

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

October 17th—October 18th

Cultivate strength in body and calmness of mind through the healing practice of Qigong, the ancient Taoist practice of energy cultivation and circulation. Continue »