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

  • We will meet on June 14, June 21, and June 28
  • New Moon - Jun 16 - 7:05 AM MST
  • Full Moon - Jul 1 - 7:19 PM MST

Shambhala Announcements

Phoenix Shambhala Meditation Center is moving to a new location!

On June 19, 2015 Phoenix Shambhala Meditation Center will be moving to a new location in Scottsdale. Sunday, June 21 will mark their first public sitting in the new space and coincides with the celebration of the summer solstice, Midsummer Day. In honor of both of these events, they will be hosting a celebration following the public sitting that day. Everyone is warmly invited!
The new Center is at 7024 E. Osborn Rd, Suite A, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251. It is wheelchair accessible and will comfortably seat at least 50 participants.

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

Bell Garden will host a workshop on Saturday, June 27th, "Building a House of Love - Four Immeasurables Workshop." The Four Immeasurables are love, compassion, joy, and equanimity. This workshop will be facilitated by Melissa Giovale, founder and director of Bell Garden. For more information see http://www.bell-garden.org/#!events/c1hsc

Sharon Salzberg (http://www.sharonsalzberg.com/) willl be in Paradise Valley on July 14, 2015 for an evening talk on "Equinimity: The Balance Born of Wisdom." Additional details can be found in the PDF file Sharon at the UU_.pdf. She will also have a day long workshop in Tucson on July 19. Information on the workshop can be found on her event page http://www.sharonsalzberg.com/events/ . This event is hosted by the Arizona Meditation Research Interest Group http://amrig.org/.


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