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 Bernard Gay & Justin Blemly

November 27th—December 18th

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 »

Profound Treasury: Mahayana Study Group

December 10th—November 11th (2019)

Our study group, open to all, will undertake a year-long exploration of the Mahayana, beginning with a 7 part series of "The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion - The Mahayana Teachings of Chogyam Trungpa' Continue »

Guided Meditation Instruction

December 19th

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

Community Art Gathering: MOCA Winter Solstice Celebration

December 21st

In lieu of our monthly THIRD THURSDAYS, MOCA Tucson is hosting a closing party for “Blessed Be: Mysticism, Spirituality, and the Occult in Contemporary Art”. This large community event will feature indoor and outdoor performances and art installations, vi Continue »

Winter Day-Long Meditation Retreat

December 22nd

Join us for a full day of meditation practice! Continue »

Way of the Bodhisattva Study Group

December 29th

Please join us for a year-long, monthly study group exploring Shantideva's "The Way of the Bodhisattva". This group is open to everyone in the community! Continue »

Guided Meditation Instruction

January 2nd (2019)

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

The Art of Being Human: Weekend Meditation Retreat

with Shastri Kim Kelso

January 4th—January 6th (2019)

Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. This weekend is recommended for new and experienced meditators, as well as for those looking to enrich their existing spiritual Continue »

Dharma Talk: Rediscovering our True Nature

with Shastri Kim Kelso

January 4th (2019)

A free, public dharma talk to kick off our weekend meditation retreat. All members of the community are welcome! Continue »

Millennial Meditation

January 9th (2019)

Building community for 30's and under meditators in Tucson. An opportunity to practice, talk about practice, hang out and eat pizza (very important). Continue »

Council Meeting

January 13th (2019)

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

Contentment In Everyday Life

with Bernard Gay & Rae Strozzo

January 15th—February 12th (2019)

By letting go of the struggle to be something "better," we can make space for our inherently intelligent, compassionate, and strong nature to flourish.  Continue »

Guided Meditation Instruction

January 16th (2019)

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

Millennial Meditation

January 23rd (2019)

Building community for 30's and under meditators in Tucson. An opportunity to practice, talk about practice, hang out and eat pizza (very important). Continue »

Mamo Chants (Dön Season)

January 25th—February 3rd (2019)

A series of ten practice events to avert whatever negativity has accumulated during the year. Continue »