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
  • 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.


Metta Class

We are excited to offer a Zoom class, led by Cheryl Purvis on Metta on four Friday mornings from 9:00 – 10:00 am Tucson time.

When:  Fridays, May 14, 21, 28, and June 4

Time:  9:00 – 10:00 am (Tucson time)

Fee:  $25 for members of any Shambhala Center, $35 for the general public, $50 for patrons

What is Metta?

“Metta is the strong wish for the welfare and happiness of others, a universal, unselfish and all-embracing love.”  From https://accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/buddharakkhita/wheel365.html.  Metta is also a meditation practice designed to open the wellsprings within us of that universal and all- embracing love. In her book, Pay Attention for Goodness Sake, longtime Buddhist teacher Sylvia Boorstein writes about metta:

The Benefits of Metta

“If the traditional list, the Benefits of Metta…were used as advertising copy for a product sold on television, everyone would send away for it.

People who practice metta
Sleep peacefully,
Wake peacefully,
Dream peaceful dreams.
People love them,
Angels love them,
Angels will protect them.
Poisons and weapons and fire don’t harm them.
Their faces are clear.
Their minds are serene.
They die unconfused.
And when they die, their rebirth is in heavenly realms.
Just thinking about the list—not even saying it—makes me happy. As an advertisement—without a lot of small-print disclaimers—it’s outrageous. As an exuberant, poetic declaration of the ability of the human heart to rest, untroubled, by loving unconditionally, it’s gorgeous. “People love them” is the operative line. They are protected by their own lovingness. They are safe…..The miracle protection is the spontaneous Lovingkindness response of the heart to fearsome things seen clearly and fully understood in a mind
awakened by mindful attention.”
The training will take place immediately after our 8-9 am morning meditation (Tucson time). You are welcome to attend the meditation, then stay for the Metta training, but it is not required.  However, registration is required. We’d like to know that you’re coming.
The member fee applies to members of any Shambhala Center.  To register click here.

About Cheryl Purvis

After a number of years practicing insight meditation techniques, Cheryl attended her first silent week-long metta retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center (SRMC) around 2003, and since then has had metta as a regular part of her meditative and daily life practices, including a second metta retreat at SRMC with Sylvia Boorstein and other teachers in 2018.


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. 


Contemplative Photography via Zoom (collaboration between Albuquerque and Chicago)

This seven-week workshop explores the making and viewing of photographs as a contemplative activity. It’s a mashup of classic teachings on mindfulness and photography plus the explosion of photos in the modern world.  It invites us to see the sacred and profound in our lives.

Saturdays, May 8 through June 19, 12:00 – 2:00 Arizona time. (Please note the time differences when you visit the other Centers’ websites; Arizona does not use Daylight Savings time.)

Hosted online by the Albuquerque and Chicago Shambhala Centers. Visit Albuquerque’s website for more information and the registration link.


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:

Denver is offering Deepening Compassion:  Maitri and the Four Immeasurables, 5/11 – 6/15
Albuquerque in collaboration with Chicago is offering Contemplative Photography, 5/8 – 6/19
Los Angeles is offering Bodhisattva’s Gift:  Empty Heart and Full Exchange, 5/2 – 5/23
Austin is offering Shambhala Training Level V:  Open Sky, 5/22 – 5/23
Boulder is offering a class with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Deepening Connection with White Tara, 5/22 – 5/23


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