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.


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Featured Programs

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 - 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 »

Awake in Action (at the Union Hotel)

November 30th

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 »

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 »

Living, Dying and the Path of Meditation: A Buddhist Perspective on the Cycle of Life & Death

with Acharya Richard John

December 5th—December 7th

This program will include meditation practice, talks on a Buddhist perspective of life and death, and the opportunity to share personal experiences in a safe environment. Everyone is welcome. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level III

with Janet Bass

December 12th—December 14th

Developing the bravery to step outside our cocoon, we begin to experience direct sense perceptions and an openness to the outside world. Based on fearlessness cultivated from meditation practice, the warrior meets the world with delight. Continue »

Convening Conversations That Matter: The Art of Asking Powerful Questions (Shambhala Annex)

with JoAnn Schindler & Steven Byers

December 13th

All "conversations that matter" flow from powerful questions that invite us into generative conversations. What makes a question powerful? Come join us for the first class in the "Convening Conversations That Matter" series. Open to all. Continue »

Kalapa Ikebana: The Art of Flower Arranging

with Shelley Pierce

December 16th

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

Community/Deepening Weekend

December 27th—December 28th

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

Shambhala Training Level I

with Acharya Jenny Warwick

January 9th—January 11th (2015)

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 »