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

Update to the Reopening Announcement!

Out of an abundance of caution, the Sarpashana facilitators have decided to suspend in-person meetings at the Center until further notice due to the surge in Delta-Covid cases in Arizona and Pima County and the new guidance from the CDC.  While those that have attended in person the last several weeks have commented about the benefits of meditating in person and meeting in person, we will be reverting to zoom only meetings for the foreseeable future.
May all beings enjoy health and be free from illness.

Questions? Need more info? Please email [email protected]. Thank you.

Tucson Shambhala Governance Team

Marianna Cacciatore, Susan Delaney. Desiree Gonzales, Gary Jones


Tucson Shambhala’s Ongoing Programs via ZOOM

Mon-Sat. Morning Meditation 8 – 9 am

Mon. Morning BIPoC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Meditation 6 –  6:30 am   

Sarpashana—Buddhist Recovery Group—Thurs. Evening 6 – 7:30 pm

To join any (or all) of these groups, please email [email protected] and a zoom link will be sent to you.

Check the calendar tab to see the details on the right side of the home page for the listings



BIPoC Morning Meditation

Beginning April 1, 2021 join us Monday mornings, 6:00 – 6:30 am for a half-hour of sitting and a contemplative reading via Zoom. Our intention is to create a safer space for self-identified Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPoC) to develop a daily meditation habit and explore contemplative practices together. This community (sangha) cultivates an environment that embraces diverse voices and self-preservation.  Individuals from all spiritual traditions are welcomed, and no prior meditation experience is required.  To join please send an email to [email protected] indicating your interest.  A Zoom link will be emailed to you. 



Programs around the Globe: 

Weekly Sunday Gatherings For the Global Shambhala Community- A listing of free online gatherings for the worldwide community being held at 11:00am MST each Sunday.  The complete list can be found at Shambhala Sunday Gatherings.

Virtual Cushion-  A globally coordinated calendar of virtual meditation sessions &
instruction that are open to all.  The calendar can be found at the Shambhala Online Calendar



Around the West (via Zoom):

Boulder:   is offering Shambhala Training Levels 1 (Sept. 17, 18, 19) and V (Sept. 10, 11, 12).  The BIPOC Meditation Collective continues on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

Austin offers free meditation instruction on Wednesdays from 6:00 – 6:50 pm.

Los Angeles:  will offer A Personal Exploration of Buddhist Psychology on Tuesdays from 7:00 – 9:00 pm from August 31 – October 3.

Portland:  will host Shambhala Training Level IV:  Awakened Heart on Saturdays, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm from Sept. 11 – Oct. 2.  Portland also offers Kitchen Sink Dharma (meditation and interactive dharma discussions) on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

Berkeley:  Shambhala Art Parts 1 & 2 are being offered on Sept. 25 and 26, from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm.




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