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, 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, 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

The Windhorse of Authentic Presence: Arousing the Confidence of Warrior-King Gesar

with Acharya Jenny Warwick & Shelley Pierce

April 25th—April 26th

This short sadhana is an advanced Shambhala practice written in 1995 by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche to raise windhorse. It is open to graduates of Warrior Assembly and is practiced on Deepening Practice weekends in Seattle. Continue »

Community/Deepening Weekend

April 26th—April 27th

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

Parenting as Path: Being Brave and Balancing

with Acharya Jenny Warwick

April 27th

Parenting on the Shambhala path offers special challenges and special rewards for the householder warrior family. Keeping our meditation practice strong and alive, and devoting attention to raising compassionate and confident children is our challenge. Continue »

Contentment in Everyday Life (Tacoma Shambhala)

with Janet Bass & John Gilvar

April 29th—May 27th

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. Meets in Tacoma. Continue »

Live Webcast in Seattle of Creating Enlightened Society

with Tom Gaylord & Alice Kelly

May 2nd—May 4th

Tom Gaylord and Alice Kelly invite you to the Seattle Shambhala Center for a live webcast of the program entitled, "Being Brave: Is Enlightened Society Possible?" taught by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Pema Chödrön in Richmond, CA Continue »

Community/Deepening Weekend

May 10th—May 11th

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

Awakening Prosperity in Daily Life: Money and Success on the Warrior's Path

with Shastri Matthew Lyon

May 10th

Join Shastri Matthew Lyon to discuss our attitudes about money, wealth and livelihood, based on his soon-to-be-published book. Continue »

Kalapa Ikebana: The Art of Flower Arranging

with Shelley Pierce

May 13th

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

What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality

with Shastri Matthew Lyon & Shastri Ben Hines

May 16th—May 18th

The third Basic Goodness course asks the question, "What is Real?" and emphasizes reconnecting with the natural and elemental world around us. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level III

June 6th—June 8th

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 »