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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    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 »

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 »

Sacred Path: Golden Key

with Shastri Matthew Lyon

May 29th—May 31st

This program is based on a Shambhala text that works with our relationship to the “material world” and our sense perceptions. It is the final course in the Way of Shambhala II/Sacred Path curriculum. Continue »

Awake in Action (at the Union Hotel)

May 31st

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 »

Kalapa Ikebana: The Art of Flower Arranging

with Shelley Pierce

June 3rd

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

Shambhala Training Level V

with Acharya Emeritus Jenny Warwick

June 5th—June 7th

Communicating with the world gently and fearlessly, our awareness is sharpened and we find the open clear sky of mind. We learn to trust our nature enough to let go into the present moment. Prerequisite: Shambhala Training Level IV. Continue »

Extending Kindness to Self and Other: A Shamatha Weekthün

with Acharya Emily Bower

August 21st—August 29th

This weeklong sitting-meditation retreat is for people who are interested in furthering their meditation practice and experiencing a traditional retreat. It fulfills one week of the meditation-retreat requirement for further Shambhala programs. Continue »