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The Shambhala Meditation Center of Madison is part of an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Our center, located in Madison’s Willy Street neigborhood, offers public meditation several times a week, a core curriculum of Buddhist and Shambhala teachings, as well as training in advanced contemplative practices.

New to Shambhala?

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Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. 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. Learn more.

Weekly Open House

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This weekly dharma gathering is a perfect introduction to the Shambhala Buddhist teachings and an opportunity to connect with other practitioners. It begins with a group meditation practice, a talk by one of our senior teachers, discussion, and a reception. Meditation instruction is also offered to beginners. Learn more.

Upcoming Madison Programs

Joy in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

May 11th—June 8th

Monday evening class series Continue »

Battle of Ego

with Olivia Parry

May 26th—June 23rd

Five Tuesday nights class series on the "Battle of Ego" Continue »

Way of Shambhala: The Art of Being Human (Level I)

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

May 29th—May 30th

"The Art of Being Human" (Level I) is a meditation workshop that focuses on discovering basic goodness in the world and in ourselves. It is the first contemplative workshop in the Shambhala Training series. Perfect for beginners. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

June 2nd

An introduction to meditation practice that enables us to tame the mind. Taught by Shambhala Guides. First Tuesday of the Month, 7-8pm. Continue »

Way of Shambhala: Open Sky (Level 5)

with Shastri Jerry Webster

June 5th—June 7th

During Level 5: Open Sky one begins to sharpen one’s awareness with gentleness and precision. Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Werma Feast

April 12th—June 13th

Closed practice open to advanced practitioners only. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Sadhana of Mahamudra

May 4th—January 22nd (2016)

The Sadhana of Mahamudra is a practice written by Chögyam Trungpa, founder of Shambhala, which addresses overcoming obstacles and materialism in life. This practice is open to all. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Council Meeting

May 5th—November 3rd

Our bimonthly Council meeting wlll be held on this night. All are welcome to attend and observe the meeting. If you would like to suggest an item for the agenda, please email it to director@lexingtonshambhala.org Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Joy in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

May 11th—June 8th

Monday evening class series Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

BASIC GOODNESS 3 - WHAT IS REAL? (via SHAMBHALA ONLINE)

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

May 15th—July 14th

This course explores our relationships with others, an aspiration to help our world, and specific aspects of social transformation. We look at a Shambhala understanding of society, and what enlightened society may be. Is society something that is ultimate Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

JOY IN EVERYDAY LIFE (via SHAMBHALA ONLINE)

with Shastri Holly Gayley

May 15th—July 14th

As meditation practice expands and we develop trust in basic goodness, we can begin to discover the confidence and personal energy to go forward on the journey. Joining gentleness with discipline leads to a sense of joy. The mahayana teachings on compassi Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Joy In Everyday Life

May 20th—June 17th - Date cancelled

Through an exploration of the Buddhist teachings on intelligent compassion towards others, we begin to discover the joy of discipline, health and bravery. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Joy In Everyday Life

with Barbara Wolkowitz

May 21st—June 18th

This class emphasizes awareness of the environment and expanding the heart. It introduces the contemplation of the Four Immeasurables for arousing and strengthening compassion for self and others Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Battle of Ego

with Olivia Parry

May 26th—June 23rd

Five Tuesday nights class series on the "Battle of Ego" Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of a Warrior

with Viki Adducci

May 29th—May 31st

In the Level II weekend program, we focus on deepening the meditation practice through the cultivation of contentment and simplicity. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Way of Shambhala: The Art of Being Human (Level I)

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

May 29th—May 30th

"The Art of Being Human" (Level I) is a meditation workshop that focuses on discovering basic goodness in the world and in ourselves. It is the first contemplative workshop in the Shambhala Training series. Perfect for beginners. Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

LEVEL II : BIRTH OF THE WARRIOR

with Shastri Shelley Heinz

May 30th—May 31st

Having experienced in Level 1 a taste of basic goodness, we want to go forward. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. We begin to appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle to experiencing basic Continue »

Southwest Michigan Shambhala Meditation Group

Golden Key

May 30th—May 31st

In this weekend program, the "enriching presence" practice is introduced, based on relating to space-like mind and raising windhorse. We could discover the richness of the phenomenal world along with our own innate wealth. This program includes oral instr Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Learn to Meditate

June 2nd

An introduction to meditation practice that enables us to tame the mind. Taught by Shambhala Guides. First Tuesday of the Month, 7-8pm. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

June 3rd

We will be offering an on-going Qi Gong series at the Center, on Wednesday evenings from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. The fee for this is $20 for a single class, or $100 for a package of six classes (any six - these don't necessarily have to be six in a row). Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Way of Shambhala: Open Sky (Level 5)

with Shastri Jerry Webster

June 5th—June 7th

During Level 5: Open Sky one begins to sharpen one’s awareness with gentleness and precision. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Introduction to Meditation

June 6th

Free introductory course, open to all. Offered the first Saturday of every month. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Learn To Meditate

June 6th

Ideal for beginners as well as students who want to work on stabilizing their meditation, this half day program gives you the essential techniques and reasons for meditation practice in everyday life. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Contentment in Everyday Life - Sundays

with Blessie Selvig

June 7th—June 21st

This class explores the benefits of mindfulness meditation in working with the ups and downs of everyday life. Starting with the foundation of basic goodness, we can approach both positive and negative emotions with gentleness and fearlessness. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

June 10th

We will be offering an on-going Qi Gong series at the Center, on Wednesday evenings from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. The fee for this is $20 for a single class, or $100 for a package of six classes (any six - these don't necessarily have to be six in a row). Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Exploring Self, Selflessness, and the Roots of Attachment (a video course recorded by Pema Chodron)

with Alice Dan

June 10th—July 15th

Join Pema in this intimate setting as she explores the Buddhist teachings on the five elements (skandhas) that make up the self. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Shambhala Guide Training

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

June 11th—June 14th

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Shamatha Meditation WEEKTHUN

June 12th—June 19th

This is a seven day city meditation retreat. It also fulfills the weekthün -a full week of in-depth meditation training- requirement for those journeying along the Shambhala path. Continue »