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, 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 →

Sunset over Seattle


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 →

Katie Baingbridge

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

  • The seattle Contingent

    New Tantrikas

    Seven Seattle meditators took a big step along the path this summer by attending Sacred World Assembly at the Shambhala Mountain Center.  There, high in the Colorado Rockies, the thunder boomed, the lightening flashed, and the seven received instructions from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for their preliminary vajrayana practices.


Featured Programs

Meditation in Everyday Life

September 8th—October 6th

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 »

Cultivating the Skillful Means of Leadership - A Conversation

with JoAnn Schindler & Steve Byers

September 20th

How do we cultivate the skillful means of leadership as part of our practice? If this question speaks to you, come join us for an exploration. Continue »

Harvest of Peace

September 21st

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

Shambhala Training Level I

with Shastri John Fox

September 26th—September 27th

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 »

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

with Shastri Matthew Lyon

September 28th

Join Shastri Matthew Lyon to discuss our attitudes about money, wealth and livelihood, based on his soon-to-be-published book. This full day program will expand and add to the material included in the previous half-day workshop. Continue »

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

with Shastri Matthew Lyon & Shastri Ben Hines

October 2nd—November 13th

"Who am I?" focuses on the sense of self. It includes teachings on basic goodness, selflessness, the arising of ego and cocoon, the five skandhas, buddha-nature, and the confidence of warriorship. Open to everyone. Continue »

Sacred Path: Windhorse

with Shastri Ben Hines

October 3rd—October 5th

The practice of raising windhorse opens the heart and refreshes one’s confidence by learning to harness the energy of vast mind. Thus, one can bring about skillful and heartfelt social engagement. Continue »

Karuna Training: Introduction to Contemplative Psychology

with Acharya Melissa Moore & Terry Jaworski

October 4th—October 5th

An introductory class for people who would like to experience the fundamentals of Karuna Training and the foundations of Contemplative Psychology. Continue »

Kalapa Ikebana: The Art of Flower Arranging

with Shelley Pierce

October 28th

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

Community/Deepening Weekend

November 1st—November 2nd

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