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


with Eric Zechman & Lou Keniley

December 8th

Serving the community as an umdze and/or gatekeeper is a rewarding practice opportunity. An “umdze” is the time keeper or chant leader for sitting meditation. Being an umdze is an opportunity to deepen your own practice while also serving others. Umdz Continue »


December 26th

All Welcome The Sadhana of Mahamudra was received by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the founder of Shambhala, while he was on retreat in Taktsang, Bhutan in 1968. This sadhana is a Vajrayana practice. It can be done in community by all on the Continue »


January 5th (2020)

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 »

Staff and Coordinator Training

January 11th (2020)

Staffing as a Path with Sue Schubel and Susanne Keniley Continue »

THE ART of DYING – Transforming Obstacle into Opportunity

with Andrew Holecek

March 27th—March 29th (2020)

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 »

Recent News

  • Every Wednesday Open Sit

    Wednesday, December 4, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM There will be no sitting on Wednesday, December 25th  
  • Policy Council Meeting Dec 1, 2019

    There will be a Policy council meeting on Dec 1 at 1:30 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.