Shambhala Publications

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Shambhala Publications
Shambhala Publications logo
Founded 1969
Founder Samuel Bercholz, Michael Fagan
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Boulder, Colorado
Distribution Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Key people Nikko Odiseos (President)
Samuel Bercholz (Chairman)
Sara Bercholz (Executive Vice President)
Hazel Bercholz (Vice President)
Nonfiction topics Buddhism, yoga, psychology, philosophy, Eastern studies, self-help
Imprints 5
Number of employees 35
Official website

Shambhala Publications is an independent publishing company based in Boston, Massachusetts. According to the company, it specializes in "books that present creative and conscious ways of transforming the individual, the society, and the planet". [1] Many of its titles deal with Buddhism and related topics in religion and philosophy. The company's name was inspired by the Sanskrit word Shambhala, referring to a mystical kingdom hidden beyond the snowpeaks of the Himalayas, according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.[2] Several of its major authors are Chögyam Trungpa, Pema Chodron, Thomas Cleary, Ken Wilber, Fritjof Capra, A. H. Almaas, John Daido Loori, John Stevens, Edward Espe Brown and Natalie Goldberg.

The company is unaffiliated with either Shambhala Buddhism or the Shambhala Sun magazine.


Shambhala was founded in 1969 by Samuel Bercholz[3] and Michael Fagan, in Berkeley, California. Its books are distributed by Penguin Random House. In 1976 Shambhala moved to Boulder, Colorado to be near the Naropa Institute. In 1986 Shambhala moved to Boston, housed in Horticultural Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, which adjoins the Christian Science Center. In September 2015, with a thirty year history in Boston, Shambhala Publications planned to move its headquarters to Boulder again, at 4720 Walnut St, with 30 inhouse staff.[4] As of September 2015 Shambhala's website still listed Boston as its headquarters.[5]


Shambhala currently has six active imprints:

  • Shambhala
  • Roost Books
  • Trumpeter Books
  • Snow Lion
  • Weatherhill
  • Shambhala Español

Former Imprints[edit]


  1. ^, accessed 11 December 2014.
  2. ^ Shambhala Mail Order Catalogue, Twentieth-Anniversary Issue, Autumn & Winter 1989, pp. 1, 2.
  3. ^ Midal, Fabrice, ed., Recalling Chögyam Trungpa (Boston, MA: Shambhala, 2005), ISBN 1-59030-207-9, p. 475
  4. ^ Wallace, Alicia (July 20, 2015). "Shambhala Publications returns to Boulder in September". The Denver Post. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Contact Us". Shambhala Publications. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 

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