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.

During the summer we offer free meditation instruction at 7:00 PM on Tuesday evenings. 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

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Philip Castillo

September 20th—September 27th - Date postponed or cancelled

This program provides an opportunity to deepen the experience and understanding of meditation for new students, with special attention on practical suggestions for establishing a sitting practice in the midst of our speedy society. Continue »

Autumnal Potluck and Practice (Harvest of Peace)

with Shastri Betsy Pond

September 23rd

Harvest of Peace, Our Autumnal Potluck and Practice is held around the time of the autumn equinox. This is an opportunity to come together for our community potluck and practice, hear Shambhala teachings, and celebrate the riches of our local cultures. Continue »

DIY Harvest of Peace wood sign making

with Teresa Spicer

September 29th

Continue celebrating the turning of the seasons by making a DIY Harvest of Peace wood sign while spending some social time with other sangha members! We will stencil "Cheerful Harvest of Peace" on wood signs, with an optional American beautyberry stem as Continue »

Budhism 1.1: The Three Jewels

with Philip Castillo

October 6th

Who was the Buddha? What are the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and how are they relevant in today’s society? What’s the point in finding a community to practice with — what does it look like? Continue »

2018 Regional Weekthun Retreat

with Shastri Betsy Pond & Shastri Larry Higgins

October 7th—October 14th

Please join us for a week-long retreat of deep practice, dharma discussions and a culture of kindness and community - at our annual South Central Regional Weekthün in Chappell Hill, Texas. 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