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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. 



Even though we are not able to meet and practice in our shrine room right now,

we hope you will enjoy practicing with our shrine

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We are excited to partner with the Phoenix Shambhala Center to offer public sitting on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings. Currently, all sitting is held via Zoom.

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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

Contemplative Photography

with Larry Wolf

May 8th—June 19th

Saturday’s: May 8th through June 19th - 1:00 to 3:00 MOUNTAIN TIME 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 Continue »


with Mark Curtin

July 17th

Strengthening, calming and stabilizing the mind is the essential first step in accomplishing nearly any goal. Turning the Mind Into an Ally makes it possible for anyone to achieve peace and clarity in their lives. Continue »


with Andrew Holecek

October 8th

An online retreat over two weekends Oct 8-10 and Nov 12-14, 2021 ~ A 6-Day Virtual Retreat Have you had the experience of lucid dreaming – waking up and becoming fully conscious in your dreams – but are having difficulty sustaining it? Are you looking Continue »