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. 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.

Checking In with the Community

During this global pause, we are continuing to maintain a sense of community with well-attended Zoom meetings and we are conducting check-in conversations with community members. More →

Online Offerings from Around Shambhala

Welcome to Tucson Shambhala. We are working to offer an uplifting sense of sangha (community) despite being sheltered in place. In the midst of this challenging and uncertain pandemic, our ongoing Tucson programs are continuing on Zoom, and we have been combing the internet for classes and support groups being offered at other Shambhala centers around the United States. We are working to meet the unique challenges of our times with balance and ease, with an intention of being a refuge for those who are seeking a place where their spiritual practice is supported and strengthened.

Toward that end, we offer the following talks, programs, and other online offerings from various Shambhala centers around the country. Some are free, some have a fee. And those with a fee are reasonably priced. If you attend any of these classes, we’d love to hear from you and know which ones. This will guide us in selecting classes to feature in the future. Write to us at [email protected]


Shambhala Training and Level Courses (offered online)

Shelter in Place Online Meditation Retreat with Betsy Pond (San Antonio)
May 16 – 22, 2020
$300/$250 members
Turn your shelter-in-place effort into a self-nurturing week retreat of meditation, contemplation, shared study and discussion. This Meditation Retreat weekthün fulfills the one week intensive requirements for programs such as Enlightened Society Assembly, Shambhala Guide Training, etc.

Level I: The Art of Being Human with Acharya Fleet Maull (Pioneer Valley)
May 22 – 23, 2020
$50 Sustaining/$150 Enriching
The Art of Being Human is the first in a sequence of five weekend retreats that are an integral part of the Way of Shambhala core curriculum. Via Zoom, participants will meet for meditation instruction and group practice as well as take part in discussions, one-on-one meetings, and other teachings throughout the weekend. 

Level I: The Art of Being Human with Kim Kelso (Phoenix)
May 23 – June 6, 2020
$99/$125 Patron
In The Art of Being Human we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence through the practice of meditation. This program will occur online. We have adapted to the current situation by holding this program online over 3 consecutive Saturdays using Zoom.

Level IV: Awakened Heart ONLINE with Bozica Costigliola (Ottawa)
May 23 – 31, 2020
$130/$150 Patron
Exploring and strengthening our inherently awakened open heart can be particularly helpful to us during challenging and uncertain times, such as the one we are living through now. During these four 3-hour online sessions over two weekends, we will introduce a meditation practice that builds on the techniques of the previous Shambhala Training retreats. Prerequisites: Levels I – III.

Level I: Online Intro Program – The Art of Being Human with Jerry Webster (Washington, D.C.)
June 13 – 14, 2020
$120/$150 Patron
This online urban retreat will introduce and deepen instruction on basic mindfulness meditation practice, and help new and experienced meditators alike incorporate practice into their daily lives. Registration deadline: June 6.

Level IV: Awakened Heart ONLINE with Jonathan Barbieri & Jan Snyder (Gainesville)
July 31 – August 2, 2020
$185/$170 Members
With trust in basic goodness we can extend ourselves fully to others with kindness and gentleness. Prerequisites: Levels I – III. Recommended: Fearlessness in Everyday Life.


From Shambhala Online

Shambhala Sunday Gatherings
Sundays, 10 May through 14 June 2020
An online gathering space featuring talks by guest teachers including Fleet Maul and Pema Chödron.

Meeting Shambhala – An Introduction to the Shambhala Lineage
Four pre-recorded sessions, beginning Friday 22 May 2020, explore lineage and the Supplication to the Shambhala Lineage chant.

Living with Resilience: How to Become Gentle and Tough with Acharya Fleet Maul
A 5-week course with pre-recorded talks. Fleet Maul is a great teacher and the class is very relevant. See this video preview to learn more.

White Tara: A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times with Acharya Judith Simmer Brown
Expand on your White Tara practice. This 5-week is comprised of talks recorded at Shambhala Mountain Center’s White Tara program in April 2019. Judith is an exceptional teacher and an approachable scholar.

Sexual Harm, Trauma, and the Healing Journey
This is a pre-recorded class featuring two Shambhalians and one non-Shambhalian who an expert in this topic.


From Shambhala Mountain Center

Working with Anxiety and Fear in an Uncertain World (Online)
June 12–14, 2020
Join Andrew Holecek for this weekend-long, online home retreat exploring the wisdom traditions of Buddhism and Shaiva Tantra.


From the New York Shambhala Center

Meditation in the City Podcast
Recorded talks from teachers who appeared at Shambhala New York, 2012 – 2018.



From the Boulder Shambhala Center (please note: Boulder is one hour later than Arizona due to Daylight Savings Time)

Evening Dharma Talks
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6 pm



Pandemic Support Groups
Every Monday and Wednesday at 12 pm, with a thematic group on Saturdays at 10 am



From other providers

Transforming Obstacle into Opportunity
A special FREE online workshop led by Andrew Holecek in response to the coronavirus pandemic.This series will help you understand what’s happening in the world—and within yourself—and how to bring it onto the spiritual path. More than 5 hours of recorded teachings available here with one click. Kindly sponsored by Tricycle Magazine.


Featured Programs at Tucson Shambhala

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