Meditation and Shambhala Buddhism in Bristol, Stroud, and Dorchester

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

Important notice!

The Bristol Shambhala group is moving to a new venue in September – Quakers Meeting House on Hampton Road.  We will be meeting at 17 Lower Redland Rd for our Wednesday open meetings and our monthly Sunday Community meeting until the end of July. Please take note that we have to observe the social distancing rules.  We will therefore be restricted in the numbers we can accommodate and will operate a first come first served protocol, see please come early!  You will still be able attend via Zoom.  

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, 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, 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.

In our Shambhala groups 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.

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