Our Community

Our community is diverse, capable, and heartfelt. Our members and friends include dedicated senior teachers who have walked the Shambhala Buddhist path for many years, and enthusiastic newcomers who are just discovering our teachings on realizing basic goodness and building enlightened society. To learn more about our community’s commitment inclusivity and kindness, please follow these links:

Community Celebrations:
Shambhala Day and Nyida Days

Shambhala Day is our celebration of the New Year, based on the Tibetan lunar calendar. Practitioners of meditation see the start of each new year as an opportunity for a fresh start and a letting go of the habitual tendencies and patterns of the past.

The Nyida Days are seasonal holidays celebrated on each solstice and equinox. As Shambhala practitioners, we are encouraged to have a connection with the earth and the natural changes in our surroundings.

Children are welcome at our Shambhala Center

Holidays and community events are meant for the whole family. Some practice events might be long and quiet and difficult for young children to sit through. To help them enjoy themselves, it’s fine to bring books or other activities. There is often an activity planned especially for the children.


The Austin Shambhala Meditation Center strives to be a family friendly environment. 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. Please check our calendar regularly as we sometimes offer family friendly movies with a dharmic theme.

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 Myia Little.