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:

  • Mon-Sat. Morning Meditation 8 – 9 am  
  • Mon-Thur. Morning BIPoC (Black Indigenous People of Color) Meditation 8-9 am
  • 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.


BIPoC Morning Meditation

Join us Monday-Thursday 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. 

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. Desiree 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.

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.


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.


Programs around the Globe: 

The Black and Buddhist Summit- February 18 – 25, 2021

The Awake Network and Shambhala Publications present The Black and Buddhist Summit live February 18th – 25!

This free online event will explore what Buddhism can teach us about race, resilience, transformation, and spiritual freedom. Over 20 leading African-descended Buddhist teachers will offer their wisdom and insights about Buddhist teachings, being Black practitioners, and the possibility of a truly representative American Buddhism.

Click here to register for free!


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: 

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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