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.


Latest News from the Seattle Blog

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    Seattle Offers Its Heart and Possessions

    Center Director Tom Gaylord traveled to Chicago recently on an historic mission. He was carrying a letter to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. The signatures of each member of the Seattle Shambhala Governing Council decorated the bottom of the letter, which said, “In recognition of the 20th anniversary of your enthronement as the Sakyong of Shambhala, and … Continue 


Featured Programs

Shambhala Training Level I/Taking the Leap (Pema Chodron)

with Shelley Pierce & Walter Parker

July 17th—July 19th

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human, presented within the context of Pema Chodron's book "Taking the Leap" Continue »

Karuna Training: Introduction to Contemplative Psychology

with Acharya Melissa Moore & Theresa Jaworski

July 25th—July 26th

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 »

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 »