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

Mamo Chants

February 16th—February 25th

Everyone is cordially invited to participate in the Mamo recitation practice during dön season. Times vary each day for the chants. Please continue to check the website and calendar for updated times. Continue »

Neutral Day - Center Cleaning and Polishing to start our New Year!

February 26th

A Shambhala tradition is to clean and polish the Center in preparation for Shambhala Day and the start of our New Year! Continue »

Shambhala Day

February 27th

Full morning and evening of celebration. See main text for schedule. Morning lhasang, toasts, Birthday Sadhana, fundraising, and online address by the Sakyong. Evening celebration and conversation welcomes new members, oaths, award, council recognition. Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra

February 28th

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 »

Shambhala Training Level II - Birth of the Warrior

with Shastri Betsy Pond

March 4th—March 5th

We see how meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. We begin to appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle to experiencing basic goodness. 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