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 7pm on Tuesday evenings and from 9:30 am to 10:30 am only on Sunday mornings. Please join us for our regular public sit times on Tuesday evening from 7-8pm and on Sunday mornings from 9am-Noon.

Beginning March 2, the center has expanded the opportunities available for public sits.  Additional public sits will be on Wednesdays and 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

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Shastri Linda Mockeridge

April 28th—May 26th

The Contentment in Everyday Life course is a thorough exploration of mindfulness meditation, delving into the foundational views of the Hinayana Buddhist teachings, and meditation in action for daily life. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level III - Warrior in the World

with Doria Cross

April 30th—May 1st

We work in a deliberate way in an effort to bring the mindfulness and awareness cultivated during our meditation practice into all aspects of our daily life. When we become awake to our sense perceptions, we can venture into the world with confidence. Continue »

Grass Roots City Weekthun: Feeling Worthy to Be and Touching Our Basic Goodness

with Shastri Betsy Pond

May 1st—May 7th

This self-staffed city weekthün fulfills the one week intensive requirements for programs such as Enlightened Society Assembly, Shambhala Guide Training, etc. Included are Shambhala meditation instruction and practice, dharma talks, silence. Continue »

Lineage Chant - A Brief Study in Kagyu, Nyingma and Shambhala lineage

with Shastri Linda Mockeridge

May 15th

Ever wonder who those strange names belong to and why they are mentioned in the chant "Supplication to the Shambhala Lineage"? Want to learn a little about the Shambhala Buddhist path? Continue »

Community Members Shambhala Sadhana

May 17th

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