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 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

Beyond Mindfulness: Putting Practice into Action

June 9th—August 25th

Our trained facilitators will help you connect with a community of wisdom holders, scientists, and socially engaged thought leaders, each offering their unique perspectives on mindfulness practices, and illuminating how and why to cultivate compassion. Continue »

Learn to Meditate: Turning the Mind into an Ally

with Philip Castillo

June 11th

Learn to train and calm the mind through the practice of meditation. Based on Turning the Mind into an Ally, the best-selling book by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Continue »

Community Members Shambhala Sadhana

June 19th

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 »

Summer Solstice Celebration and Silent Auction

June 21st

Celebration instead of our regular meditation practice. The evening will include cocktails and appetizers, a small silent auction, music and friends. Continue »

Community Members Shambhala Sadhana

July 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