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

Reopening Announcement!

As of 8 July 2021, Tucson Shambhala Meditation Center welcomes all who are fully vaccinated against Covid 19 to enter and participate in any of our activities. We do not require masking or social distancing if you are fully vaccinated and it’s been at least two weeks since your last shot.

For anyone who is unvaccinated for any reason, there are Zoom versions of our in-person events, and other Zoom activities that we hope you will attend. Thank you for not entering at this time.

However, at this time the only activity planning to meet in person starting July 8, is the weekly Thursday night Sarpashana Meeting from 6:00 to 7:30 PM following the guidance above.  We’ll keep you up to date as other activities become available in person.  Sarpashana will also continue to be available via Zoom for those who prefer.

Questions? Need more info? Please email [email protected]. Thank you.

Tucson Shambhala Governance Team

Marianna Cacciatore, Susan Delaney. Desiree Gonzales, Gary Jones


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


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. 


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 V- Open Sky – with Jon Barbieri Saturday mornings 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, June 12th, 19th, & 26th
For anyone who’s completed Level IV or anyone who wants a “do-over” this promises to be an exciting class!

Boulder:   is hosting “Don’t Wander!” Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s Song of Experience with Acharya Richard John- Sat June 19th: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Austin will be offering Stages of Meditation on Emptiness with Billy Boyar & Rita Ricardo- Saturday mornings 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, June 19th to July 10th.
Also, Shambhala Training Level I:  The Art of Being Human will be offered on June 12th & 13th.

San Francisco:  Secret Beyond Thought: A Four-Part Series on the Four Karmas With Acharya Gaylon Ferguson- Saturdays from 10 AM to 1 PM- June 12th, and August 7th5/22 – 5/23


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