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 between 5:00 and 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

  • On May 17 our weekly meeting will be merged with the Prayers for Nepal
  • Sunday, May 17th from 4pm - 6pm
  • Hosted by Bell Garden Buddhist Center
  • With Special guest Chheten Tamang
  • We will begin at 4pm with a dharma discussion followed by silent meditation. If you are new to meditation and would like to participate please arrive by 3:45 for instruction. Following the meditation Danny Giovale, founder of Kahtoola and board member of Bell Garden, will lead a discussion on efforts being made to provide relief and ways that you can get involved. He will share how Kahtoola for the People is partnering with non-profits working at the grassroots level in Nepal. Bell Garden has set up a Nepalese Relief Fund to collect donations to be allocated to trusted grassroots organizations and organizers that Bell Garden board members have known and worked with for years. All proceeds will go directly to the people of Nepal.
  • There will be snacks, tea and entertainment so don’t miss out on this beautiful afternoon to create and hold a compassionate space for those in Nepal.
  • https://www.facebook.com/events/1490334864585992/
  • New Moon - May 17 9:15 PM MST

Shambhala Announcements

Pema Chödrön: join me in practicing tonglen for Nepal

Beyond Mindfulness webcast from Shambhala Mountain Center May 13 - 17

  • Day 1: The Path of Mindfulness
  • Day 2: Open Heart, Compassion, and Relationships
  • Day 3: Thriving in Challenge and Working with Emotions
  • Day 4: Mindfulness in Everyday Life
  • Day 5: Mindfulness as a Foundation of Social Transformation
    • Shambhala Mountain Center is offering an exciting, free online event. Beyond Mindfulness will feature top thought leaders, social visionaries, and wisdom holders in dialogue with one another, presenting practical teachings for living a more mindful, compassionate life, and leading guided meditations. Click here to register for this exciting event: http://www.shambhalamountain.org/beyond-mindfulness
    • Presenters and hosts include Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Joseph Goldstein, Kelly McGonigal, Ken Wilber, Rich Fernandez, Rick Hanson, Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Shastri Holly Gayley, Richard Reoch, Acharya Fleet Maull, Susan Piver, Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Lodro Rinzler, Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams and more!

Wisdom in Action

  • Shambhala Mountain Center July 8-12
  • Keynote talks from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, experiential workshops with change makers Acharya Fleet Maull and Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams, and practice sessions led by Seane Corn.
  • http://www.shambhalamountainonline.org/?page_id=603

Shambhala Online - http://shambhalaonline.org/

General Announcements

MAY 15 - 21 Flagstaff
Visit by monks from the Gaden Shartse Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in India.
The suggested donation for each event is $20.
Links to additional information

May 16 7PM
Vajravidarin Healing Ritual
Northern Arizona Yoga Center
113 S. San Francisco St.

May 17 7PM
Chenrezig (Buddha of Compassion) Empowerment Ceremony
The Center for Indigenous Music and Culture
213 S. San Francisco St.

May 18 7PM
Buddha Maitreya (Buddha of Boundless Love) Empowerment Ceremony
Beacon UnitarianUniversalist
510 N. Leroux

May 19 8PM
Manjushri (Buddha of Wisdom) Empowerment Ceremony
Tranzend Studio
417 W. Santa Fe Ave.
White Tara Empowerment Ceremony

May 20 7PM
White Tara Empowerment Ceremony
Beacon UnitarianUniversalist
510 N. Leroux

May 21 8PM
Green Tara Empowerment Ceremony
Tranzend Studio
417 W. Santa Fe Ave.

Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour

  • Free Public Exhibition
  • Location: Parson's Center for Health and Wellness, 1101 N Central Ave, Phoenix 85004
  • Saturday May 16 and Sunday May 17
  • Opening Ceremony will be on Saturday 10 am to 11 am with special guests:
  • Public viewing Saturday 11 am to 7:00 pm and Sunday 10 am to 5:00 pm
  • Animal Blessings 2:00 to 4 :00 pm

Hosted by Jangchub Gepel Ling (http://www.gepeling.org/14.html)


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