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

Tucson Shambhala’s Ongoing Programs on ZOOM

Tucson Shambhala’s regular weekly offerings include:

  • Mon-Sat. Morning Meditation 8 – 9 am
  • Monday Morning BIPoC (Black Indigenous People of Color) Meditation 8-9 am- Begins April 1, 2021
  • Sarpashana—Buddhist Recovery Group—Thursday Evening 6 – 7:30 pm

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


A Thank You Gift from Tucson Shambhala

On Sunday, April 18, from 9:30 am – 12 pm, Tucson Shambhala will host an online class on the practice of Tonglen. It will be taught by Shastri Marilyn Moore from Los Angeles Shambhala. We have survived this challenging year of Covid and we could not have done it without your support. This is our way of saying thank you. There will be no registration fee. Please join us.

Over the years, we’ve heard from many of you about your Tonglen practice. And from others, there is a curiosity about it. Marilyn has a robust Tonglen practice and we thought perhaps she could offer her wisdom, answer your questions and help us, as a sangha, deepen and strengthen our practice. She will lay the foundation for Tonglen and offer tips and guidance for making it our own. There will be plenty of time for Q and A as well as to share our experience.

For more info and to register click here.


BIPoC Morning Meditation

Beginning April 1, 2021 join us Monday mornings, 8:00 – 9:00 am 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.  To join please send an email to [email protected] indicating your interest.  A Zoom link will be emailed to you. 


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.

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.

To register, click here.


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:

  • Phoenix is offering Shambhala Training Level IV- Awakened Heart from April 10th – 24th.
  • Boulder is offering Shambhala Training Level V- Open Sky from April 9th to April 11th
  • Boulder is also presenting Shambhala Sadhana:  Tuning in to Basic Goodness on Saturday mornings from April 24th – June 5th
  • Boulder also has the BIPoC Meditation Collective from 7:00 – 9:00 pm on April 14th and 28th
  • Denver’s offering of Shambhala Training Level I:  The Art of Being Human has revised dates.  It will now be conduction on April 2nd & 3rd.
  • Austin will be holding a One-Day Compassion Retreat on Tonglen on April 3rd from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • Austin is also presenting a program on Buddha Nature and Bodhicitta on Saturday mornings from April 17th to May 12th.


Parinirvana Day

Shambhala Online will present The Life of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche with Lady Diana Mukpo on the Sunday Gathering at 12:00 pm, April 4th. Lady Diana will share reflections, stories, and insights as she guides people through a chronological slideshow of the remarkable life of  Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.


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