New to Meditation and/or Shambhala?  Not Sure How to Get Started?

Shambhala is rooted in Tibetan Buddhism and the Shambhala teachings introduced to the western world by Tibetan master Chogyäm Trungpa Rinpoche. The Minneapolis Shambhala Center is part of the Shambhala International network of centers. Please contact us at [email protected]. The information below may help you get started.

  • Practice Opportunities

    • Sunday SittingNew folks are always welcome at Sunday Sitting. It is helpful to arrive a few minutes early so we can offer some basic information if you haven’t visited before.
    • Monday Open Practice Sitting starts at 7 p.m. and usually lasts about 1 hour. It finishes with a discussion of a reading or similar. This is an excellent, flexible, small group activity for someone new. You can just show up because registration is not needed.
    • Meditation Instruction  – We have meditation instructors (MI’s) who can provide individual instruction. They can also mentor you in your ongoing meditation practice through a one-on-one relationship with occasional meetings as desired.


  • Classes & Trainings

    We offer classes where participants learn about Shambhala and Buddhist philosophy. Please check our monthly calendar and Programs list for details.

    • Introduction to Meditation We offer this 3 hour class about every 2 months on the first Saturday and it’s the best way to learn about our style of meditation and some of the philosophy behind meditation. See our calendar for the  next class date.

    • Shambhala Training Programs – These short retreat programs include generous meditation instruction and practice, Buddhist teachings, individual interviews with a meditation instructor, and LUNCH! See our calendar for the next training weekend.
    • Other Programs – Programs such as general meditation, Buddhist dharma, Qigong, community programs, and book clubs include various practices and they are generally open to all.
  • Community

    • Our practice sessions, retreats and classes typically include an opportunity for conversations and group discussion, and we periodically have potluck lunches after Sunday sitting. These are great opportunities to get acquainted with fellow practitioners.

  • Newsletter

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  • Library

    • Our Minneapolis Shambhala Center has an extensive library and you’re welcome to borrow books.  Please ask a member for information on how to do so when you are at our Center.

  • Resources

Here are a few books you might find useful.

    • Anything by Pema Chodrin. Pema’s clear, relevant writings are valued by Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.  It’s hard to choose the ‘best, but here are a few suggestions.

    • Our founder Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche wrote many books. Here are two for consideration.


Our path is sometimes rough and sometimes smooth;

nonetheless, life is a constant journey…

whatever we do is regarded as our journey, our path.

That path consists of opening oneself to the road,

opening oneself to the steps we are about to take.Chogyam Trungpa