Welcome to the Flagstaff Shambhala Meditation Group

The Flagstaff Shambhala Meditation Group is a division of Shambhala International. The international community of Shambhala Buddhism was founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and is now led by the Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Our lineage of teachers is rooted in the Kägyü and Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Our foundation practice is Shamatha–Vipassana (Mindfulness–Awareness) meditation. We offer free initial and ongoing meditation instruction. In general, our meetings consist of about a half-hour period of meditation, followed by tea and snacks and a talk, video, or discussion. We also offer a variety of contemplative meditation techniques and other practices. The series of Shambhala Training Levels are available at the Phoenix Shambhala Center and the Tucson Shambhala Center, as well as other Centers around the world.

We are a small, vibrant group of people who are concerned with developing our meditation practices and studying Shambhala and Buddhist teachings. We strive to help ourselves and others discover our inherent sanity, gentleness, and humor, and to develop confidence, equanimity, and compassion.


  • Meetings: every Sunday (unless communicated otherwise — we occasionally cancel for holidays and snow)
  • Time: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm — Sitting meditation starts at 5:30; Meditation Instruction is available at 5:15 pm. Our session starts with a short chant, followed by 30 minutes of silent meditation, and we conclude with the Shambhala evening chants. This concludes about 6:15 pm. Depending on the group consensus, we will talk for the remainder of the session.
  • On Tuesday from 4 - 5 pm, for July and August, we will offer beginning meditation instruction and a sitting open to the public.
    • New to meditation?  Or looking for some weekday respite? Please come join us!  We'll assess the usefulness of a weekday sitting towards the end of summer, so let us know what you think!
  • Location:
    • Bell Garden Buddhist Center, 2708 N. 4th St., Suite B3 (on the left side), Flagstaff, AZ
      • In the Knoles Village Square, just north of Sonic and behind Roof Dancers.
      • For special events or when the meditation hall is being used for other programs, we will meet in their classroom space in Suite D4 (upstairs in the middle building).
  • Bus access:
      • Route 7 stops along N. 4th St. near Bell Garden
      • Route 2 stops one block north and 3 short blocks east of Bell Garden


Flagstaff Shambhala Announcements

  • We will meet on Sunday August 20, 2017
  • Tuesday August 15 and 22 we will offer beginning meditation instruction and a sitting open to the public.
    • New to meditation?  Or looking for some weekday respite? Please come join us!  We'll assess the usefulness of a weekday sitting towards the end of summer, so let us know what you think!
  • Running with the Mind of Meditation - Creating a new Flagstaff Shambhala tradition
  • Friday August 18
    • There is a group of people who are interested in exploring the practice "Running with the Mind of Meditation".
    • Please join us Fridays at 3 p.m. at Campbell Mesa Loop as we experiment with developing a run/walk mindful meditation practice. We will start with a short reading from the book from the Sakyong Mipham, "Running with the Mind of Meditation", followed by a run/walk in the trails of Flagstaff. We will close with a meditation. All levels of runners and walkers are welcome.
    • Here is a link focused on what we are trying to create. You will need to provide your name and email to access the mp3 and pdf files that provide suggestions for pre and post running meditation exercises, a guided meditation for running, and Shamatha Yoga. The link is http://runningwiththemind.com/
    • For additional information please contact Kelly at:
      • email:   moc.tistepatilyllek|yllek#moc.tistepatilyllek|yllek.
      • Phone: 480-980-3739
    • An over map provides where Campbell Loop is located in Flagstaff

* The trail head is located here


* There is a Forest Service image of the trail system available here https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_MEDIA/stelprdb5316107.jpg

  • New Moon Aug 21 11:30 am
  • August 21, 2017 — Total Solar Eclipse
  • Full Moon Sep 6 12:02 am
  • New Moon Sep 19 10:29 pm
  • September Equinox Sep 22 1:01 pm MST
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  • Harvest of Peace, is one of four annual Nyida Day celebrations in Shambhala culture. Each of these seasonal holidays mark the changing of the seasons, hence the name Nyida Day  is connected with the natural world and the seasons (Nyi = sun and Da = moon).
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  • Harvest of Peace is celebrated near the Autumn Equinox in the Northern hemisphere and the Spring Equinox in the Southern hemisphere This special day marks the spirit of generosity, and sharing the bounty of the seasons together as a society. It is an opportunity for local communities to gather, hear teachings, enjoy good food and drink, appreciate one another, and celebrate the richness of our local cultures and heritage.

General Announcements

Shambhala Announcements

This fall, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche will lead a three-city North American book tour in support of his newest book, The Lost Art of Good Conversation, coming October 17 from Harmony Books. 

In Denver (October 20-21, 2017), New York City (November 3-4, 2017) and Toronto (November 17-18, 2017), the Sakyong will be joined by host Lodro Rinzler, featured teachers Susan Piver, Ethan Nichtern and Fleet Maull, and other special guests.

You can join the tour from anywhere in the world via the Cushion Tour, an online retreat featuring livestreams of all three tour events and recorded teachings.

Lion's Roar - http://www.lionsroar.com/

Shambhala Online - http://shambhalaonline.org/

Shambhala Resources - http://phoenix.shambhala.org/resources/

Shambhala Mountain Center - http://www.shambhalamountain.org/


Tricycle - http://www.tricycle.com/


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