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

Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Parinirvana of Trungpa Rinpoche

April 6th

The 30th anniversary of the parinirvana of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche will be celebrated on April 6.. It is a day for the Shambhala sangha to gather together to celebrate his life and teachings. Continue »

Ikebana Weekend Intensive

with Doria Cross

April 8th—April 9th

Ikebana is the contemplative practice of flower arrangement in which simplicity is expressed with gentleness and elegance. Continue »

Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows Preparation Class

with Heather Wenrich & Kevin Moore

April 10th

This class will discuss the meaning and process for the Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows. Highly recommended for those wishing to take the Refuge Vow or Bodhisattva Vow with Acharya Moh Hardin in May. Continue »

Free Public Talk with Author Acharya Moh Hardin: The Power of Openness

with Acharya Moh Hardin

April 13th

Closed hearts and minds will rub against each other, cause friction, and burst into conflict. Open minds and hearts bring peace. How can we cultivate the power of openness in this time when people are scared, individuals and nations erect barriers to prot Continue »

Journey from the Head to the Heart: Warriorship in Modern Society

with Acharya Moh Hardin

April 15th

On the first of two classes this weekend, we will explore how we are contributing to creating the meditation culture of the future, a warrior culture based on the principle of 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