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 and led by Sakyong Mipham 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.

Featured Programs

Way of Shambhala: Fearlessness In Everyday Life (FIEL)

with Gail McDonald & Justin Blemly

February 26th—March 26th

By exploring the entrapping emotions of hope and fear, we learn to soar fearlessly. Continue »

Shambhala Household Program

with Ulrike Halpern

March 16th—March 17th - Date postponed or cancelled

This program is restricted to Shambhala Members who have completed Rigden Weekend. This program introduces a grassroots, powerful way to work with the challenge of integrating the Shambhala teachings with the activities of our daily lives. Continue »

Sacred Path: Outrageous & Inscrutable

with Shastri Kim Kelso

March 23rd—March 25th

These fruitional dignities - Garuda and Dragon - refer to the extraordinary skill of a practiced warrior. Continue »

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana

March 31st

These Full Moon gatherings are a community practice for members to celebrate and strengthen our understanding of basic goodness and enlightened society. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

April 3rd

Guided meditation instruction for beginners, or anyone looking to refresh their understanding of mindfulness meditation practice. Continue »

Tucson Shambhala Arts Festival: Creative Expression

April 6th—April 7th

Please join us for the kickoff of the 2018 Tucson Shambhala Arts Festival! An openning talk on Shambhala Arts, and a variety of creative workshops including Calligraphy, Mala Making, Sumi-e, Claywork and Poetry. All free and open to the public! Continue »

Tucson Shambhala Arts Festival: Meditative Movement

April 7th

A special meditative movement event, hosted at the Dunbar Pavillion. "Open Floor" is a lively and delightful conscious dance practice that connects body, heart, mind, and spirit. Not to be missed! Continue »

Way of Shambhala: Wisdom In Everyday Life (WIEL)

with Gail McDonald

April 16th—May 14th

No longer deterred or depressed by obstacles, we can include everything as part of the path. The challenges of daily life become opportunities for both contemplative practice and meditation in action. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart

with Shastri Larry Higgins

April 27th—April 29th

With trust in basic goodness and daring to experience the sharp edge of reality, we move forward with gentleness, increased awareness, and inquisitiveness about the world, as it is. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

May 1st

Guided meditation instruction for beginners, or anyone looking to refresh their understanding of mindfulness meditation practice. Continue »