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.

Feel free to pop along to one of our regular meditation sessions at the Bristol Shambhala Centre, Dorchester and Stroud – open to all:


Mindful movement, Guided Meditation, Reading and Discussion (open to all)

  • Ideal for anyone new to meditation or who wants a refresher of meditation instruction.
  • Short sitting sessions with time for discussion.
  • Every first Wednesday of the month
  • 7:15pm – 9:00pm.
  • £6 donation.

Community Meditation Evening (Open to all)

  • Longer periods of sitting and walking meditation.
  • Every second, third, fourth and fifth Wednesday.
  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm.
  • £6 donation

City Retreat

  • A day long meditation retreat with longer sitting and walking meditation sessions, readings and discussions
  • Come for full or half day – 10am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4pm
  • The second Sunday of the month.
  • 10:00am – 4:00pm with an hour for lunch.
  • £10 donation full day £5 donation half day.

For more information and to find out which session we’re running this month visit our calendar page

  • Bristol Open House: Wednesday evenings 7.15pm – 9.00 pm
    City Retreat Days: 2nd Sunday of every month: 10am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4pm
    17 Lower Redland Road, Bristol, BS6 6TB
    Email: [email protected]
  • Not based in Bristol? Our other groups in the South and South West meet as follows:

  • Dorchester Open House: Tuesdays 7:30pm – 9:00pm
    Body, Mind, Spirit Centre, Alington Road, Dorchester DT1 1QB
    Tel: 01305 889476 (Colin) or visit the Dorchester Shambhala site
  • Stroud Open House: Tuesdays 7:30pm – 9:00pm
    Chalford Village Hall, London Road, Chalford, Stroud GL6 8HN
  • Tel:  01453 889609 ( John)

If you have any questions about our programmes or meditation please email [email protected] or call 0117 3296109 and leave a message – someone will call you back.