Geistlight_4548_SandiasShambhala in the Land of Enchantment

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.


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

Welcoming the Unwelcome

with Shastri Sandra Ladley

March 5th

Visiting Shastri Sandra Ladley will guide us in teachings and discussion inspired by Pema Chodron’s first book in seven years, Welcoming the Unwelcome. Continue »


with Karin Williams

March 14th

All welcome! Learn to train and calm the mind through the practice of meditation. Ideal for beginners as well as those who would like to stabilize and deepen their meditation experience. This one day workshop is based on Turning the Mind into an All Continue »


with Acharya Eve Rosenthal

March 17th—April 14th

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 »

THE ART of DYING – Transforming Obstacle into Opportunity

with Andrew Holecek

March 27th—March 29th

REGISTER EARLY: Limited to 40 Participants Andrew will guide us through the Tibetan bardo teachings which can transform our daily lives by helping us approach transitions with confidence. Bardo is a Tibetan word that means "gap" or "transition." 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 »

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 »

Recent News

  • Policy Council Meeting March 1 2020

    There will be a Policy council meeting on March 1 at 12:30 pm in the community room at the center. All members are welcome to attend. If you are unable to attend the meeting minutes will be posted on our website under resources for review.