Welcome to the Tucson Shambhala Center

The Tucson Shambhala Meditation Center is part of an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Our center offers public meditation, a curriculum of Shambhala Buddhist teachings, as well as training in contemplative arts. We invite you to explore our diverse programs designed to help Tucsonans of all traditions discover their inherent clarity, gentleness and humor.

Featured Programs

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Gail McDonald & Justin Blemly

September 10th—October 1st

Meditation in Everyday Life combines technique and view in a setting of support and community to provide you with all the tools you need to establish a strong and consistent meditation practice. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

with Justin Blemly

September 19th

Guided meditation instruction for beginners, or anyone looking to refresh their understanding of mindfulness meditation practice. Continue »

Day-Long Meditation Retreat

September 22nd

A full day of meditation practice! This retreat is best experienced in its entirety, but you are free to participate for any amount of time that your schedule permits! Continue »

Dorje Kasung Drill Practice

with David Hagan & Gail McDonald

September 23rd

Dorje Kasung drill practice is a discipline of synchronizing mind and body; a group meditation practice done while marching in military style. All are welcome to join and participate. Continue »

Harvest of Peace: Community Celebration!

September 23rd

We invite you to attend Harvest of Peace, our community celebration of the Fall Equinox! Please bring a dish for the potluck that you would like to share with the sangha! Continue »

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana

September 26th

These Full Moon gatherings are a community practice for members to celebrate and strengthen our understanding of basic goodness and enlightened society. Continue »

Mahayana Practice Group

September 29th

A bodhisattva is a person who lives in the spirit of Buddhism’s bodhisattva vow, committing to put others before oneself, to give up one’s own well-being — even one’s own enlightenment - for the sake of others. Continue »

Educator Circle

with Shastri Kim Kelso

September 30th

A gathering of Tucson Shambhala Guides and SPMIs. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

October 3rd

Guided meditation instruction for beginners, or anyone looking to refresh their understanding of mindfulness meditation practice. Continue »

Ashe Society

October 6th

A monthly gathering of the Tucson Ashe Society. Continue »

Six Ways of Ruling

with Bernard Gay

October 8th—October 22nd

Unpacking and contemplating The Six Ways of Ruling. Continue »

Council Meeting

October 14th

Monthly meeting of the Tucson Shambhala Meditation Center's leadership council. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

October 17th

Guided meditation instruction for beginners, or anyone looking to refresh their understanding of mindfulness meditation practice. Continue »

ABQ: Way of the Moon

October 19th—October 21st

How do we awaken our hearts in the midst of the chaos and challenges of our times? Continue »

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana

October 24th

These Full Moon gatherings are a community practice for members to celebrate and strengthen our understanding of basic goodness and enlightened society. Continue »