Our Community

The community of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver (SMCD) is diverse, capable, and friendly. Our members and friends include dedicated senior teachers who have walked the Shambhala Buddhist path for 40 years or more, and enthusiastic newcomers who are just discovering our teachings on realizing basic goodness and building enlightened society.

Our community includes entrepreneurs and artists, academics and students, practitioners of medicine and healing, professional parents, construction workers, and people for whom livelihood is not a significant point of identity. We welcome youngsters, elders and those in the middle, as well as those from various ethnic and religious backgrounds.

There is no “typical” Shambhala profile, except that we share a passion for living a good human life based on mindfulness, wisdom, and compassion. We seek to create a culture of kindness, generosity, and courage within and beyond our community.

Like the rest of the global Shambhala community, the organization of activities and responsibilities within SMCD is divided into three “pillars” — Practice and Study, Protection, and Governance. Although some community members resonate primarily with one or another of these three aspects of our society, many of us participate actively in two or even all three.

The most central of the three aspects is the area of practice and study, which provides training in our various styles of meditation and the Shambhala/Buddhist teachings.

To encourage a calm environment suitable for meditation practice and contemplative teachings, our programs take place within an environment that is looked after by the second aspect of our Shambhala society, the protection function. Our protectors are the friendly and helpful members of the Dorje Kasung, who are usually among the first people you meet when you come in for a Sunday Open House. Most meditation sessions are open for people to enter or leave as needed, but the Kasung help ensure that things don’t get too chaotic.

Our center would not operate at all without the work of the third pillar, the governance group, led by the center Directors and the Governing Council. Members of the Council include the heads of our Practice, Education, and Finance functions, the leader of our local Dorje Kasung squad, and representatives from the areas of Culture and Decorum, and Societal Health and Well-Being.

We invite you to join with us — for an Open House, a meditation session, a class or a lively potluck supper. Visit our calendar and program pages for upcoming events. You are welcome to stay for an hour, a weekend training, or a lifetime of practice.