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. There is a video of the Sakyong giving meditation instruction at: http://shambhala.org/learn-to-meditate/
  • 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 September 25
  • New Moon Sep 30 5:11 PM (Black Moon - second new moon this month)
  • Full Moon Oct 15 9:23 PM

We will be hosting Shambhala Level 1: The Art of Being Human with Shastri Kim Kelso at Bell Garden on September 30 – October 2. Kim has been studying and practicing Shambhala Buddhism since 1980 and teaching since 1992. We are working out the details on how to register and will post information in August.

In Shambhala Training Level 1: The Art of Being Human we learn to discover basic goodness in the world and in We will have Level 1 Training September 30 - October 2. We will not have meditation on Sunday evening October 2.
ourselves. Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings.

Level 1 is part of Shambhala Training which is a series of secular meditation workshops, suited for both beginning and experienced meditators, as well as for those looking to enrich their existing spiritual path. Shambhala Training is the study and practice of Shambhala warriorship—the tradition of human bravery and leadership. This path shows how to take the challenges of daily life in our modern society as opportunities for both contemplative practice and social action. Levels I-V provide a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation practice, emphasizing the development of genuineness, confidence, humour, and dignity within the complexity of daily life. These five workshops include meditation training and practice, talks by senior instructors, personal interviews, and group discussions.

Dates: September 30 - October 2
Location: Bell Garden, Flagstaff AZ
Here is a flyer for the program See http://flagstaffshambhala.wdfiles.com/local--files/start/Level_1_2016_Sep.pdf

To register for the Level 1 program go to http://phoenix.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=274589 . The Shambhala Meditation Center of Phoenix is helping us by hosting the web page on their site. Thank you to Andre for his help.


Shambhala Announcements

Shambhala Online - http://shambhalaonline.org/

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

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

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

General Announcements

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