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.

Get to know the Sakyong! Beginning in January, our weekly Thursday evening meditation will include the viewing of a short recorded talk by our teacher and lineage holder, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. We will sit for 10 minutes, watch a brief talk by the Sakyong on varying topics — with discussion if desired — followed by a continuation of the meditation session. Donation of $2-$5 is requested.

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

Basic Goodness I: Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

with Doria Cross

January 19th—February 23rd

This course asks the question “Who am I?” and focuses on the sense of self. It includes teachings on basic goodness, selflessness, the arising of ego and cocoon, buddha nature, and the confidence of warriorship. Continue »

Movie Night (new date)

January 25th

Movie tba - but it will be good! Bring food, popcorn, beer or soda to share. Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra

January 29th

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 »

Proclaiming Humanity's Goodness: Shambhala Meditation

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Eve Rosenthal, Acharya Noel McLellan, Shastri Linda Mockeridge

February 3rd—February 5th

Live online program with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharyas Eve Rosenthal and Noel McLellan, moderated locally by Shastri Linda Mockeridge. Shambhala Meditation is a practice that brings us home to the simplicity and wisdom of our human experience. Continue »

Community Members Shambhala Sadhana

February 12th

All members of the Shambhala Community are invited to practice the beautiful and inspiring Shambhala Sadhana. The Sadhana is a way to celebrate and strengthen our understanding of basic goodness and enlightened society. 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