Shambhala Publications

Shambhala Publications is an independent publishing company based in Boulder, Colorado. 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 Chödrön, 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, Shambhala International, or Lion's Roar (previously entitled Shambhala Sun) magazine.

Shambhala Publications
Shambhala Publications logo
FounderSamuel Bercholz, Michael Fagan
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationBoulder, Colorado
DistributionPenguin Random House Publisher Services
Key peopleNikko Odiseos (President)
Samuel Bercholz (Chairman)
Sara Bercholz (Executive Vice President)
Ivan Bercholz (Vice President)
Nonfiction topicsBuddhism, yoga, psychology, philosophy, Eastern studies, self-help
No. of employees48


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 2010, Nikko Odiseos was appointed President and continues to lead the company[4] along with owners Sara and Ivan Bercholz, children of the founder. In September 2015, after a thirty-year history in Boston, Shambhala Publications moved its headquarters to Boulder again, at 4720 Walnut St, with 35 inhouse staff, now grown to 41.[5][6][7] In May 2016 Shambala acquired Rodmell Press. As of August 2016 Rodmells 40 own titles will appear under the Shambala logo.[8]


Shambhala currently has six active imprints:

  • Shambhala
  • Roost Books
  • Bala Kids
  • Trumpeter Books
  • Snow Lion
  • Weatherhill
  • Shambhala Español
  • Shambhala South Asia Editions

Former Imprints


  1. ^ "Shambhala and the Environment". Shambhala Publications. Archived from the original on 8 February 2015. Retrieved 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. ^ "Shambhala Publications' Activist President". Publishers Weekly.
  5. ^ Wallace, Alicia (July 20, 2015). "Shambhala Publications returns to Boulder in September". The Denver Post. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  6. ^ "Contact Us". Shambhala Publications. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Shambhala Publications in Boulder the Biggest in Buddhist books". Daily Camera. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Shambhala Publications Acquires Rodmell Press".

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