About Us

image of SMCD with flagThe Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver is part of Shambhala International, a community of 165 meditation centers throughout the world founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. We offer free meditation instruction, along with a wide variety of classes and programs in meditation, Buddhist teachings and other disciplines. People of all ages, backgrounds, or levels of experience with meditation will find a welcoming community at our meditation center.


  • Group meditation practice
  • Individual meditation instruction by trained and authorized instructors
  • Courses in Buddhist studies
  • Shambhala Training
  • Workshops in contemplative disciplines and Shambhala arts
  • Family events and community celebrations of Shambhala holidays
  • A library of books and tapes from Buddhist and other disciplines


The Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver hosts an open house at 10 a.m. every Sunday. Learn about activities at the center, and enjoy tea, cookies, and conversation. You can receive first time meditation instruction if you wish to do so.

All those wishing to practice sitting meditation in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition are welcome at our center. You are invited to attend all or part of our group meditation sessions.


Shambhala Training consists of a series of contemplative workshops suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators. According to legend, the Kingdom of Shambhala was said to be an enlightened society based on gentle and fearless action, along with the wisdom and compassion of the Buddhist tradition of meditation. The Shambhala teachings reflect the idea that the awake or enlightened mind discovered in individual spiritual practice can be extended to all areas of human society.


These are secular disciplines and activities that integrate art and culture with everyday life can represent a genuine contemplative path. They can also bring beauty and wisdom to our lives.


Although you do not have to be a member to enjoy meditation practice at the center, or to enroll in classes and programs, SMCD depends on memberships and contributions to keep its doors open. The benefits of membership include discounts on class and program fees, the opportunity to check out books and tapes from our library, additional training opportunities, and membership in Shambhala International and The Shambhala Network social network.

Members are asked to contribute $50 a month for an individual and $75 for a couple or family, but if your resources are limited, arrangements can be made for a lower rate. To become a member, call SMCD at 303-369-2807. During scheduled meditation and programs, the host or another staff member will answer your call. At other times, leave a message, and your call will be returned.

You can also fill out a Membership Application form found on the hallway bulletin board at the Center, or download the Membership Application form below and mail it to us.

SMCD Membership Form PDF


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