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, Pioneer Square, 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 →

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

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    Children’s Day Lights Up Winter Solstice

    The laughter of Seattle Shambhala children and their grownup friends floated up like an offering as we celebrated Children’s Day on December 21. Over the years, the Shambhala community has adopted a tradition of celebrating the changes of season. These special days of celebration are called nyida days – from nyima (“sun”) and dawa (“moon”). … Continue 


Featured Programs

Bodhi School

January 18th—March 15th

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 »

Contentment in Everyday Life (Shambhala Annex)

with Robert Reichner & Tom Gaylord

February 3rd—March 3rd

This course provides an exploration of genuine contentment, the foundational views of the Buddhist teachings, and meditation in action for daily life. With meditation practice, we can learn to appreciate ourselves. Open to everyone. Continue »

Kalapa Ikebana: The Art of Flower Arranging

with Shelley Pierce

March 4th

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

Milarepa Day

March 7th

A free full day of chanting from the Rain of Wisdom – a collection of songs of realization from the masters of the Kagyu lineage. Open to anyone. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level III

with Alan Ness

March 13th—March 15th

Developing the bravery to step outside our cocoon, we begin to experience direct sense perceptions and an openness to the outside world. Based on fearlessness cultivated from meditation practice, the warrior meets the world with delight. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level V

with Shastri Matthew Lyon

March 20th—March 22nd

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 »

Sacred Path: Perky

with Paul Belserene

March 27th—March 29th

Perky, the second of the four dignities, focuses on cultivating sharp, vibrant and uplifted energy through natural discipline. Continue »

Community/Deepening Weekend

March 28th—March 29th

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

Convening Conversations That Matter: Engaging the Opportunity in Conflict

with JoAnn Schindler & Steven Byers

April 4th

Sometimes the conversation that matters most is the one we don't want to have. When we find ourselves in conflict, how can we engage the opportunity in conflict, creating the conditions for optimum possibility? Continue »

Kalapa Ikebana: The Art of Flower Arranging (Tacoma)

with Shelley Pierce

April 11th

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