WelcomeNEWS: August 2013: If you are new to this site, have a listen to a recent KOOP Radio interview with local Austin Shambhala Meditation Center director Billy Boyar:
Established in 1976, the Austin Shambhala Meditation Center offers meditation instruction and classes in the tradition of Shambhala Buddhism, a form of Western Buddhism. This lineage teaches the Shambhala view of living an uplifted life, fully engaged with the world.
We are part of Shambhala International, a worldwide community of meditation and retreat centers founded in 1973 by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, artist, author, and poet. Today, the Shambhala tradition is led by Trungpa Rinpoche's son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
Our local center, centrally located just south of downtown Austin, offers free meditation instruction, public meditation hours, and a core curriculum of Shambhala 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 and humor.
Read more about our history here.
Learn to Meditate
"The human mind is by nature joyous, calm, and very clear. In meditation we're letting our mind be as it is to begin with." - Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Free meditation instruction is available Sundays at 11:00 AM and Wednesdays at 6:30 PM.
No pre-arrangements are necessary. Just come on by and get to know your own mind. We hope you'll join us during our public meditation hours.
There are also other opportunities to learn how to meditateat the Introduction to Shambhala Class and before the Young Meditator's Group meeting. For more information, see Introductory Events below.
Public Meditation Hours
- Tuesdays: 7:00pm-8:15pm
- Wednesdays: 7:00pm-7:30pm
- Thursdays: 7:00pm-8:15pm
- Sundays: 9:00am - Noon
- Monday-Friday: 7:00am-8:00am
Introduction to Shambhala
First and Third Monday of every month 7:00-8:30 PM
Join us for an introduction to the Shambhala Meditation Center and guided meditation instruction. Included will be a talk on meditation and the path of human bravery and gentleness, defined as warriorship. The talk and instruction will be followed by a discussion and informal reception. Check our Calendar page for specific dates.
Conversations About Buddhism
Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 PM
A popular weekly ongoing discussion about all things Buddhist. Free and open to everyone, this class is a discussion group led by a teacher/facilitator. All are welcome to join in at any time during the course of the program. For more information contact Melinda Rothouse at email@example.com, or Paul Mikulencak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young Meditator's Group
First and Third Thursdays of every month 7:00-8:15 PM
The Young Mediator's Group is a meeting space designed for young people who are interested in finding mindful approaches to the issues faced by young adults on a day-to-day basis. Free meditation instruction is offered 6:15 before the program starts. After the program, some folks will meet up at a nearby coffee shop to continue the discussion and get to know each other better. Appropriate for folks in the age range of late teens to mid-30's. Please check our calender for more details.
Sunday Tea / Reception
Sundays 12:00 PM
After the public sit please stay and meet your fellow meditators over tea and snacks.
Families in Shambhala
The Austin Shambhala Meditation Center strives to be a family friendly environment. To this end we have several programs geared toward families with children of all ages.
On the first Sunday of every month we offer our Kid's First! program. Beginning at 11 AM, we offer instruction on meditation and mindfulness for children. The instruction is ideal for children ages 4-11. Around 11:30, children will enter the Shrine room with their parents and join the rest of the Sangha in sitting.
Please check our calender regularly as we sometimes offer family friendly movies with a dharmic theme. You are also welcome to join us for our seasonal celebrations which are all inclusive.
If you would like to be added to the Families in Shambhala email list to receive updates on upcoming events that are especially kid-friendly, please send an email to ASMCfamilies@gmail.com.
The Way of Shambhala
The "Way of Shambhala" is a complete introduction to the foundations of Shambhala Buddhism. This series of workshops and classes is an experiential overview of meditation practices, wisdom teachings, contemplative arts, and physical disciplines rooted in the ancient traditions of Shambhala and Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism. For more information and an overview of the Way of Shambhala path, click here.
Center Office Hours
The Austin Shambhala Center has open office hours*:
- Mondays- 1:00-6:00pm
- Tuesdays- 2:00-6:00pm
- Wednesdays- 1:00-6:00pm
- Thursdays- 2:00-6:00pm
- Fridays- 1:00-6:00pm
- Sundays- 11:00am-1:00pm
- Tuesdays: 2:00-3:00pm
- Thursdays: 2:00-3:00pm
- Saturdays: 10-11:00am
- Also by appointment
* If the door is locked, please ring the doorbell.
You may also call the Center at (512) 443-3263 to arrange an appointment to visit.
How to Find Us
We are centrally located at 1702 South Fifth St., 78704