This data was last updated on 5 June 2018.
History: Founded in 1971 by the Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the Boston Shambhala Meditation Center is a member of Shambhala International/USA. Responsible for the formation of Shambhala centers throughout the United States, Trungpa Rinpoche began Boston Shambhala as "a vehicle for those interested in contemplative training while maintaining a secular background." Shambhala is now under the spiritual leadership of Trungpa's son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
Description: The center, located in Brookline, was created as a practice center for the Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist tradition. Facilities include a large meditation hall, classrooms, offices and a community room.
Activities and Schedule: Boston Dharmadhatu holds group meditation, offers free meditation instruction, and hosts visiting lamas and teachers. During a weekly open house, meditation is followed by a talk. Subjects include Buddhist philosophy, Shambhala meditation training, and other topics. The center also offers classes on Buddhism, Shambhala teaching, and Dharma Art, as well as hosting other contemplative and contemporary art events and special program for children. Among the special celebrations are the Midsummer's Day (summer solstice) celebration, Shambhala Day (the Tibetan New Year Celebration) in February, and Children's Day in December. These events are open to the general public. For meeting times and event information, please visit Boston Shambhala's website.