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!

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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 →

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

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 »

Shambhala Training Level II - Birth of the Warrior

with Doria Cross

May 19th—May 20th

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 »

Learn to Meditate: Turning the Mind Into an Ally

June 2nd

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 »

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

with Shastri Linda Mockeridge

June 7th—June 14th

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 »

Midsummer Day Celebration

June 23rd

Midsummer Day is an opportunity for families and friends in Shambhala to enjoy summer fun together. The day might include picnics, swimming and boating, outdoor sports, and music and dance performances. It begins with a lhasang (a traditional offering of 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