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. We read the Heart Sutra the last Wednesday of each month and the Sadhana of Mahamudra on Wednesday evenings when they coincide with the full moon. 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.
  • 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 August 2
  • Sitting meditation starts at 5:30; Meditation Instruction is available at 5:15 pm.
  • New Moon Aug 14 7:53 AM MST
  • Full Moon Aug 29 11:35 AM MST


Shambhala Announcements

Shambhala Level 1: Art of Being Human

  • with Adana Barbieri
  • August 7th—August 9th

In Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence through the practice of meditation. As we open to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings.


Shambhala Level II: Birth of the Warrior

  • with Muffie Noble-Power
  • November 6th—November 8th

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior builds on the foundation of the meditation practice that was introduced in Level I and explores how habitual ways of thinking obscure the raw brilliance of the world we live in.



Shambhala Online - http://shambhalaonline.org/.


General Announcements

Bell Garden will be hosting Lama Losang (http://www.losangsamten.com/biography.html) for Evening Programs in August.

  • August 21, Friday 7-9 pm Buddhist Dance Meditation
  • August 22, Saturday 7-9 pm Meditation Introduction
  • August 25, Tuesday 7-9 pm Tara Meditation
  • August 27, Thursday 7-9 pm Making the Movie "Kundun"
  • August 21-27th, Friday-Thursday
    • Lama Losang has been invited to build a White Tara Sand Mandala at The Temple of the Divine Mother in downtown Flagstaff.
    • hours 11am-5:30pm
    • 8 N. San Francisco


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