header-IMG_7484-TR-centre-templateWelcome to Shambhala!

Shambhala Vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature can be developed in daily life so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society.
The Bellingham Shambala Meditation Center is a part of Shambhala International, a worldwide community of urban and rural meditation practice and retreat centers founded by the Tibetan buddhist meditation master, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s son. Learn about our vision, lineage & community.


Featured Programs

OPEN HOUSE TALK - Practicing Like Your Hair's on Fire

with Greg Heffron

November 3rd

The traditional phrase exhorting us to practice is to meditate "like your hair was on fire." How do we understand this in light of meditation being a path of relaxation and genuineness. Is meditation a big deal, or no big deal? Continue »

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Jason Ruvelson

November 6th—December 11th

Open to Everyone! The Meditation in Everyday Life course is designed to provide both beginners and experienced practitioners with the tools and teachings for working with meditation in everyday life. Continue »

~ Monday Night Open House Talk ~ November 10th ~ What Is Your Resistance?

with Sandra Harper

November 10th

Bring your resistance for a discussion on root causes and conditions. What are we resisting in our meditation practice and our daily lives? Why? Continue »


November 16th—February 15th (2015)

A day of practice for the entire community. Participate as you are able and inspired, according to the practices you have been given. Continue »


with Acharya Richard John

December 8th

Is Enlightened Society a real possibility, or a utopian fantasy? What is the spark that could ignite social change on a meaningful scale? Continue »