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

Tai Chi at Bellingham Shambhala Center

June 2nd—December 29th

Join us on Tuesday evenings in the Main Shrineroom with visiting teacher Carol Culpepper. Continue »

SALON - Karma and the Twelve Nidanas

with Shastri Jason Ruvelson

September 3rd

A further look into the karmic chain of causality and the Buddhist concept of pratītyasamutpāda (dependent origination). Continue »


September 19th

The Harvest of Peace Nyida Day is our opportunity to focus on community, and to mark the changing of seasons as a sangha. “Nyi” comes from “Nyima” meaning sun, and “da” comes from “dawa” meaning moon, so together Nyida is the name given to the holidays wh Continue »

Karuna Training ~ Introduction to Contemplative Psychology

with Acharya Melissa Moore

November 7th—November 8th

Skillful communication and compassionate exchange as an expression of our intrinsic sanity. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Weekthun

with Shastri Holly Gayley & Rick Merrill

December 26th—January 2nd (2016)

Non-residential city week-long group retreat at the Bellingham Shambhala Center. Continue »