Spark your heart and mind through the practice of meditation.

The Shambhala Meditation Center of San Antonio is part of an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Our center offers public meditation, a core curriculum of Shambhala Buddhist teachings, as well as training in advanced contemplative practices. We invite you to explore our diverse programs designed to help people of all traditions discover their inherent sanity, gentleness and humor.

We offer free meditation instruction at 7:00 PM on Tuesday evenings and from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Sunday mornings. Please join us for our regular public sit times on Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 8:00 PM and on Sunday mornings from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Beginning March 2, the center has expanded the opportunities available for public sits.  Additional public sits will be on Thursdays from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. There will be no meditation instruction given at these sits. 

Please contact us with any questions and we look forward to meeting you soon!

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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. More →

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Ongoing Offerings

Our centre offers a rich array of ongoing offerings free to the public including weekly public sitting meditation hours and dharma talks. No prior meditation experience required to attend.  All are welcome. More →

Featured Programs

Harvest of Peace - A Celebration of the Autumnal Equinox and the Goodness of Humanity and Society

September 25th

Please join us for this opportunity for our community to gather, hear teachings by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and celebrate the riches of our local culture. Please join us for this opportunity for our community to gather, hear teachings by Sakyong Mipha Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra

October 2nd

This sadhana which combines the Kagyü mahamudra tradition of Karma Pakshi with the Nyingma ati tradition of Dorje Trolo is a group practice which is open to everyone. A Vajrayana practitioner will lead the practice. Continue »

Living in a Tragic World with an Open Heart - FREE presentation by best selling author

with Lodro Rinzler

October 14th

Buddhist teacher and best selling author Lodro Rinzler calls upon the community to gather for an evening of meditation, discussion, and movement to action. Included will be a compassion practice and advice on keeping an open heart in this time of tragedy. Continue »

The Buddha Walks into a Bar: Meditation for Modern Living with Best Selling Author Lodro Rinzler

with Lodro Rinzler

October 15th

Join author Lodro Rinzler for an introduction to meditation and how it applies to everyday life. This meditation retreat offers traditional Buddhist practices in a contemporary context, teaching you how to face a chaotic world with an open heart. Continue »

Learn to Work with Strong Emotions

with Lodro Rinzler

October 16th

We’ll explore meditation techniques that help us to identify the quality, nature and experience of emotions, so we can meet them with gentleness, nowness and inquisitiveness. Continue »

Recent News

  • The Sakyong addresses the community

    Shambhala Day Celebration

    The community celebrated Shambhala Day and the beginning of the year of the fire monkey over a rich and joyful several days. Festivities began on Tuesday, February 9, with a toast to the rising Great Eastern Sun. The space and the community were all blessed and purified through a rousing lhasang smoke ceremony. The morning … Continue