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.

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Tucson Shambhala’s Ongoing Programs on ZOOM

Tucson Shambhala’s regular weekly offerings include:

1)  Mon-Sat Morning Meditation 8 – 9 am  

2)  Mon-Thur Morning BIPoC (Black Indigenous People of Color) Meditation 8-9 am

3)  Monday Night Reflection Group 6 – 7:30 pm  

3)  Tues evening BIPoC meditation 6 – 7:30 pm 

4)  Sarpashana—Buddhist Recovery Group—Thursday Evening 6 – 7:30 pm

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


  New Program in Tucson!

Join us Monday-Thursday mornings, 8:00 – 9:00am for one 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. Feel free to join us for all, or any part of this morning practice offering.  To join please send an email to [email protected] indicating your interest.  A Zoom link will be emailed to you. 

The sit will be led by Desiree Gonzales (she/her), an Afro-Latina Yoga Instructor, Intuitive Healer, and Ordained Animist Minister.   She is also currently the Program Coordinator for Dunbar Pavillion. Her mission is to empower her community through heart-led yoga retreats, circles, and personal intuitive coaching sessions. She has over a decade of experience working within the nonprofit sector, women’s advocacy, and alternative medicine. Creating conscious, inclusive & accessible spaces lights her up.  


New Pema Chödrön Book Study Group

When: Tuesday Mornings, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. via ZOOM

Dates: Feb. 16, Mar. 2, 16, and 30, Apr. 13 and 27, May 11, 2021 (7 sessions in total)

Fee: $35.00 suggested donation

Registration ends Feb. 12, 2021

The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

We always have a choice, Pema Chödrön teaches:

We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us and make us increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder. Here Pema provides the tools to deal with the difficulties that life throws our way. This wisdom is always available to us, she teaches, but we usually block it with habitual patterns rooted in fear. This book shows us how to awaken our basic goodness and connect with others, to accept ourselves and others complete with faults and imperfections, and to stay in the present moment by seeing through the strategies of ego that cause us to resist life as it is.

In this turbulent time, confronting emotions can be even more unsettling than usual. So, this book seems appropriate and helpful. Following a study guide, we’ll read a few chapters for each meeting and gather via Zoom to discuss them in terms of our own lives. Through the readings and our shared experiences, we hope to gain equanimity and break our “habitual patterns rooted in fear.”
Study Group Leader: Susan Delaney

Susan is a student of Shambala, and also Tucson Shambhala’s webmaster. She is also a long-time Shamanic Practitioner, having studied with a number of teachers from the Foundation for Shamanic Studies.

To Register please go to the Donate tab and in the comments section, enter “Places That Scare You”


A Time to Go Deeper-The Unique Buddhist Teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

With Gaylon Ferguson, Carolyn Gimian, Judith Lief, and Marty Janowitz, Anne Saitzyk, and Jon Barbieri

The Tibetan Meditation Master, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, also known for his teaching on the Shambhala tradition, is considered by many, to have been a rare teacher, and one who made an enormous contribution to the spread of Buddhism in the West.

We are offering a five-week Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche program consisting of three 1-day retreats and two evening classes. Each session can be taken individually or as a complete package. This is being led by senior teachers, all of whom studied with Chögyam Trungpa.

There will be talks and discussions with an emphasis on sitting meditation. This event is a collaboration of the following Shambhala Centers: Albuquerque, Boulder, Denver, Los Angeles, Fort Collins, Phoenix and Tucson.  There will be a cap of 150 participants.

2/20/2021   An all-day overview presentation of the Three Yana’s as presented in the Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma.  Judith Lief
2/25/2021   Evening: Can the Climate Crisis Activate Meditation?   Marty Janowitz
3/6/2021   An all-day event consisting of talks, discussion and meditation on Volume One of the Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma.  Gaylon Ferguson
3/11/2021 Evening:   A Celebration of the Present Moment – Art in Everyday Life, one of Chögyam Trungpa’s favorite activities: Object arranging.  Anne Saitzyk
3/20/2021   The series culminates in an all-day program exploring the dynamic energy of the Sangha—A Community of Buddhist Practitioners. We will also touch on how the Buddhist teachings are passed down from generation to generation: the lineage/teacher relationship.  Carolyn Gimian

Pricing and registration is available for either the entire series or individual sessions via the Boulder Shambhala Center’s website.  To register for the entire series please click A Time to Go Deeper.
For individual sessions please click below on the session you’re interested in.


Pema Chodron Program:  Turn Your World Around

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Center (https://tamalpais.shambhala.org)

8 Thursdays 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. via Zoom
January 14 through March 7

Facilitated by Basha Hirschfeld and Elizabeth Sheppard

In a time of intense change and uncertainty, we are all experiencing strong emotions. In this all-new pre-recorded online retreat, Pema introduces the intense emotions at the heart of our suffering: craving, aggression, ignorance, pride, and jealousy. She gives us three powerful steps for working with them: refrain, reframe, and relax.  For details and registration:  Pema Chodron Program:  Turn Your World Around


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.

Programs around the West: 
Berkeley, CA: (https://berkeley.shambhala.org)

  • Secret Beyond Thought:  A Four Part Series on the Four Karmas with Gaylon Ferguson.  The first in a four-part series exploring the Four karmas, these teachings are among the earliest the Vidyadhara gave in North America, and provide a glimpse into the profound trust Chogyam Trungpa had in the possibility that genuine buddhadharma could be successfully transplanted into Western culture.  

Los Angeles:  (https://la.shambhala.org)

  • Before I Die:  Being There for Someone in Grief, with Marianna Cacciatore,  02/20, 10:00am-12:00pm PST.  Every day we encounter people who are experiencing emotional hardship because something they counted on has changed. We want to help and we wonder what to say or do that would be welcomed, kind, and useful. In this course, you’ll learn simple ways to help ordinary people know what to do and remember how to be when in the company of someone in sorrow. 

Boulder, CO (https://boulder.shambhala.org)

  • Shambhala Training Level I:The Art of Being Human, 02/05 – 02/07.  Shambhala Training is a sequence of programs for anyone interested in exploring meditation as a way to develop openness gentleness, fearlessness, and confidence toward ourselves and our world.
  • Meditation in Everyday Life, 02/17 – 03/17, 6:30-8:30pm MST.  This course provides introductory tools and teachings to weave the insights of meditation into daily life.
  • Six Types of Miindfulness in the Dzogchen Tradition with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, 02/26 – 02/27.  During this special program, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche will share the Dzogchen tradition’s unique approach to mindfulness, basing himself on such teachings as those of the famed fourteenth century Dzogchen master Longchen Rabjam (Longchenpa).

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