Meditation and Shambhala Buddhism in Bristol, Stroud, and Dorchester

Welcome to the Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Groups in Bristol, Stroud and Dorchester

Shambhala is an international community of practitioners of meditation in the Buddhist and Shambhala traditions.  Through the practice of meditation and Buddhism, we hope to inspire an awake and compassionate society through personal and collective transformation.

The Bristol Shambhala Centre and Dorchester and Stroud groups all offer meditation instruction, Buddhist courses and mindfulness practice suitable for all levels. Evening talks and weekend programmes are also scheduled on teachings with the Shambhala tradition.  Through the practice of meditation and the principles of Shambhala Buddhism, we aim to realise the  basic goodness of ourselves and society.

Shambhala Vision and Basic Goodness

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. According to the Shambhala tradition, we are living through an age of greed and aggression and as a result we harm ourselves, each other and our planet.

The Shambhala teachings offer an antidote to this crisis. They were the basis of the legendary Kingdom of Shambhala, a society that fostered the inherent goodness of its people.  Shambhala vision tells us that we can experience a natural source of radiance and brilliance in the world, which is the innate wakefulness of human beings. The discovery of this is this is the journey we share together within Shambhala.

The Rigden symbolises the Basic Goodness within all. Uncovering this nature through meditation is the Shambhala Buddhist Path at the Bristol Shambhala Group.

The Rigden symbolises the basic goodness within all. Uncovering this nature through meditation is the Shambhala Buddhist Path.

For details of our meditation evenings and courses on Buddhism in Bristol, Bradford on Avon, Herefordfordshire, Stroud and Dorchester please check out the classes and programmes page. Our weekly and monthly drop-in sessions are detailed below.

Worldwide Community

Shambhala also offers the opportunity to study meditation and Buddhist teachings on-line with Shambhala On-line. Students also have the opportunity to engage in longer retreats and programmes at our many retreat centres around the world including Dechen Choling.

Here at the the Bristol Shambhala Centre we offer you a space to meet like-minded people who would like to open their hearts and minds and touch the tenderness within.

We look forward to connecting with you and sharing our journey of discovering basic goodness.

Everyone welcome from any tradition or none: the evenings will be virtual meetings from the comfort of our own homes via the zoom platform for the duration of the covid-19 crisis and will consist of some of the following from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition:

  • group meditation with opening and closing chants
  • guided sitting meditation practices
  • a reading
  • a short talk
  • a discussion 
  • Q&A

Every Tuesday 7:30-8.30pm and
Every Wednesday evening 7.30 – 8.30pm
To join and meet and practice with us click on the following link:

You will be asked to download zoom – there is no set up or other charge for downloading zoom or attending the meeting – and then you will be taken to the meeting.  The meeting room is Christine Jeffcutt’s room.

Suggested donation £6 or whatever you can afford.  Please pay by BACS: Bristol Shambhala Meditation Group Sort Code: 16-58-10  A/C no. 20788193 ref: donation

If you have any questions about our programmes or meditation please email [email protected]