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!

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

Learn to Meditate: Turning the Mind Into an Ally

with Kevin Moore

July 1st

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 »

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Shastri Linda Mockeridge & Kevin Moore

July 6th—July 27th

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 »

Understanding the Shambhala Sadhana

with Shastri Linda Mockeridge

July 9th

Explore the visualizations and teachings invoked in the Shambhala Sadhana. The actual practice will be after this one-hour class. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Practice

with Shastri Linda Mockeridge

July 9th

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 »

Movie Night: Kundun

July 12th

In 1937, a two-and-a-half-year-old boy from a simple family in Tibet was recognized as the 14th reincarnation of the Buddha of Compassion and destined to become the spiritual and political leader of his people. Director Martin Scorsese brings to the scree 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