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The Albuquerque Shambhala Meditation Center is part of Shambhala, a global community of more than 200 meditation centers and groups founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

A small center with a big heart, the Albuquerque Center opened its doors in the fall of 2004 and has since been growing in size, interest, and vision. As we expand our programming of practice and study to meet the needs of our community, we keep at the core our open hearts and minds.

Our center offers meditation instruction and practice, programs and classes on Shambhala and Buddhist teachings, as well as training in contemplative arts. We invite you to explore our diverse programs designed to help people of all traditions discover their inherent sanity, gentleness, fearlessness, and humor.

Due to the COVID-19 virus and the need for social distancing our sitting practice and scheduled programs are now completely virtualThe physical center is temporarily closed.  Please go to our ‘Ongoing Offerings’ page to link into our open meditation sessions and to ‘Programs and Events’ to register for scheduled programs. 


New to Shambhala?

Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Learn about our vision, lineage & community. More →

Ongoing Offerings

Our centre offers a rich array of ongoing offerings free to the public including weekly public sitting meditation hours and dharma talks. No prior meditation experience required to attend.  All are welcome. More →

Featured Programs


with Acharya Eve Rosenthal

March 17th—April 14th - Date postponed or cancelled

Contentment can be hard to find. Much of the time we search for contentment in things, achievements or relationships. An exploration of genuine contentment, the foundational views of Buddhist teachings is presented in Contentment in Everyday Life. With Continue »

Jemez Red Rocks: Hike and Cultural Journey Postponed till later in the season

April 11th - Date postponed or cancelled

Take a trip to Jemez Pueblo and experience a walk through the Red Rocks to the Jemez River. A representive of the Jemez Pueblo will guide us through this other worldly landscape and present teachings on the cultural aspects of the landscape, the sky above Continue »


April 12th

All welcome! In the Shambhala Buddhist social dharma, basic meditation is a way for us to develop friendliness towards ourselves through returning to simplicity and being fully present to the play of our inner world. Continue »


with Acharya Holly Gayley

April 30th—May 28th

Joy in Everyday Life expands the meditation experience to develop further kindness toward ourselves and others. Through our discipline of meditation, we can begin to touch our inherent confidence and open our heart of basic goodness. As we go forward on t Continue »

EARTH DAY EVENT: Climate Change as Charnel Ground

May 5th

This video talk and discussion will explore climate change as charnel ground. How do we let in the painful knowledge of climate disruption? Or do we tend to keep the knowledge and feelings we have about it at bay? Where do our practices help us to feel an Continue »

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

with Adana Barbieri

May 8th—May 10th

In Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World we work in a deliberate way. We make an effort to bring the mindfulness and awareness cultivated during our meditation practice into all aspects of our daily life. When we become awake to our sense per Continue »

Maitri and Art Retreat

with Shastri Sandra Ladley & Margot Geist

May 22nd—May 25th

“The five buddha families provide the means to work with ourselves and our world. They bridge the gap between mystical experience and everyday life.” These teachings are “unique, magical, outrageous, mind-blowing and extremely simple at the same time.” Continue »