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, West Seattle, the Eastside, Issaquah, Edmonds, Tacoma, Bainbridge Island, and Vashon Island. For a listing of all sittings, programs and events check out the monthly calendar. For latest community news and events, take a look at our blog.

You are warmly invited to join us!


Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in Seattle Nov. 4-5 – Buy Tickets Now!

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Join us for a rare opportunity to see Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche speaking in person here in Seattle. The program with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Acharya Fleet Maull tackles the important questions for many of us: How can I make a difference in today’s society? What does social action mean from a Buddhist point of view? How can I be of benefit? More →


Our Stories – The Seattle Shambhala Community

We are a community of artists, business people, non-profit leaders, carpenters, writers, athletes, movers, sleepers, shakers, younger and older types – we are thinkers and doers.  Like humanity, we come in all shapes, sizes and types. Check Out Our Stories →


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 →


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 →

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.



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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