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 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM on Sunday mornings. Please join us for our regular public sit times on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 PM and on Sunday mornings from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Please contact us with any questions and we look forward to meeting you soon!

New to Shambhala?

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 →

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

Shambhala Training Level I - The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Betsy Pond

March 24th—March 25th

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Continue »

Parinirvana - Celebration of the Life of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

April 4th

Please join us for a celebration of the life of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Sadhana of Mahamudra Feast Practice open to everyone, with activities following. Continue »

Learn to Meditate: Turning the Mind Into an Ally

with Heather Wenrich

April 7th

Learn to train and calm the mind through the practice of meditation. Ideal for beginners as well as those who would like to stabilize and deepen their meditation experience. This afternoon workshop is based on Turning the Mind into an Ally, the best-selli Continue »

Urban Meditation Retreat (Weekthun)

with Shastri Betsy Pond

April 23rd—April 29th

This self-staffed Urban Meditation Retreat weekthün is designed to follow Shambhala training guidelines. As such it fulfills the one week intensive requirements for programs such as Enlightened Society Assembly, Shambhala Guide Training, etc. This progra Continue »

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

with Shastri Linda Mockeridge

April 26th—May 3rd

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, buddhanature, and the confidence of warriorship. Continue »

Recent News

  • 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