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 →

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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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    Say! What did that crow say?

    Written by Robin Willett – Shambhala Child Care is fun! In the photos below, the kids are exploring the elements of earth, air, fire, and water, using objects from the front yard.  Thanks also to Janine Bloomfield for sharing her rain stick with the children last Sunday and helping us hone in to sounds around … Continue 


Featured Programs

Four Noble Truths of Wealth by Layth Matthews

July 24th

Layth Matthews will lead a discussion on “The Four Noble Truths of Wealth” - his new book, which is being launched in conjunction with this Open House talk. We will discuss the Buddhist view of wealth, livelihood, and the basis of sustainable prosperity. Continue »

Awake in Action (at the Union Hotel)

July 27th

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 »

The Shambhala Lineage Chant

with Tom Gaylord & Robert Salskov

July 28th—August 11th

This program will offer an opportunity for deeper understanding of the chant titled, ”Supplication to the Shambhala Lineage.” Continue »

Kalapa Ikebana: The Art of Flower Arranging

with Shelley Pierce

July 29th

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

Community/Deepening Weekend

August 2nd—August 3rd

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

Digital Dharma with Craig Smith

August 7th

For this special Open House talk, Craig Smith will lead a discussion on Digital Dharma: the emergence of a new trend towards the design of  “mindfulness technologies” which seek digital means to further spiritual realization. Continue »

Family Camp at Windhorse

August 8th—August 11th

Family Camp at Windhorse on Whidbey Island. Soar like an eagle, step like a deer, and rest in dappled shade like a human. Family & friends of all ages register soon. Continue »

Summer Weekthun: The Shambhala Principle - A Way to Happiness

with Shastri Ben Hines & Shastri Betsy Pond

August 15th—August 23rd

Please join us for our summer weekthun (retreat). The program, to be held at the Seattle Shambhala Center, will include sitting and walking meditation, talks, individual interviews, mindful eating and work periods. Open to everyone. Continue »

Mudra Space Awareness: Leaning into the Moment

with Craig Smith

August 30th

An introduction to the practice of Mudra Space Awareness will be offered during a one-day program at the Seattle Shambhala Center. Unlock inherent confidence and create a shift in your mind-body relationship to space. Continue »

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 »