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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.

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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

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

August 3rd—August 31st

This is the fourth course in the Way of Shambhala series. As the path continues, we learn to work with anxiety, so that we are not blocked by fear. An exploration of the traditional Buddhist teachings of mind and the nature of reality. Continue »

Heart of Recovery

August 16th—December 27th

The Heart of Recovery is a meditation and discussion group with the purpose of bringing together the practice of meditation, the Shambhala and Buddhist teachings, and the Twelve Steps of recovery. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

September 1st

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

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

September 16th—October 14th

Wednesday Noon class series; open to all Continue »

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

with Blessie Selvig

September 18th—September 19th

"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 »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

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 »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Ikebana Lessons

August 1st—November 7th

For experienced and new students, all are welcome. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

August 3rd—August 31st

This is the fourth course in the Way of Shambhala series. As the path continues, we learn to work with anxiety, so that we are not blocked by fear. An exploration of the traditional Buddhist teachings of mind and the nature of reality. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Wisdom in Everyday Life (WIEL)

with Dr. Janice Glowski

August 10th—September 14th

The Wisdom in Everyday Life series looks at the qualities of a master warrior whose vastness of mind and skills in enriching the world are fully manifested. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Heart of Recovery

August 16th—December 27th

The Heart of Recovery is a meditation and discussion group with the purpose of bringing together the practice of meditation, the Shambhala and Buddhist teachings, and the Twelve Steps of recovery. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Viki Adducci

August 28th—August 29th

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Beginners are welcome to this introduction to the Shambhala path. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Warrior in the World (Level 3)

with Larry Wolf

August 29th—August 30th

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. This is the 3rd class in the Shambhala Training Series. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Summer Heart Song

August 29th

Join us for an evening of community. Bring your family and friends - all are welcome! With open hearts, soaring spirits and fearlessness, let us dance, sing, and open our hearts with a sense of joy, laughter and fun. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Yoga at Shambhala

August 30th—October 25th

Yoga At Shambhala is an opportunity to experience the interconnection of body, breath and sitting. This series of yoga classes, taught by professional yoga instructors, is open to all experience levels - novice to veteran. Chair yoga is available. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

August 30th

Composed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the Shambhala Sadhana aims to uncover basic goodness, our innate longing for enlightened society and the possibility of collective awakening. All are invited! Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Meditation Instructor and Guide meeting

August 30th

For Shambhala Guides and Meditation Instructors Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Learn to Meditate

September 1st

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

September 2nd

We will be offering an on-going Qi Gong series at the Center, on Wednesday evenings from 5:30pm to 6:45pm. The fee for this is $17 for a single class, or $85 for a package of six classes (any six - these don't necessarily have to be six in a row). Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Meditation in Everyday Life

September 2nd—September 30th

This five-week course provides students with the introductory tools and teachings for working with meditation. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Shastri David Stone & Alice Dan

September 2nd—September 30th

This is the 4th class in the Way of Shambhala Weeknight Series. Prerequisites Apply. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Learn To Meditate

with Thomas Adducci

September 5th

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 Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Introduction to Meditation

September 5th

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

Shambhala Chicago

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

September 9th

We will be offering an on-going Qi Gong series at the Center, on Wednesday evenings from 5:30pm to 6:45pm. The fee for this is $17 for a single class, or $85 for a package of six classes (any six - these don't necessarily have to be six in a row). Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Mindful Parenting

with Shastri Shelley Heinz

September 10th—October 1st

The age-old techniques of mindfulness meditation and contemplative practice can provide a foundation for parents to develop calmness, compassion and cheerfulness in the face of daily life with their kids. Continue »

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

Way of Nature: Miksang Photography and Haiku

with Miriam Hall

September 11th—September 13th - Date cancelled

In this weekend program we explore two forms of creating from nature: contemplative photography and written haiku. Both forms arise from the direct experience of being in nature. Spend a weekend together on the lovely land of Windhorse, exploring landsc Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Shambhala Regional Ritual Academy

with Acharya Suzann Duquette & Andrea Doukas

September 11th—September 13th

Open to all Shambhala Vajrayana practitioners who are interested in deepening their practice as an umdze or chöpön, or who wish to make umdze or chöpön training a focus of their ongoing practice path. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

The Protector Principle

September 11th

The Dorje Kasung practice is, at its core, an embodiment of the Protector Principle. This talk is open to all practitioners as an introduction to the Protector Principle and the practice of the Dorje Kasung. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Art of Being Human (Shambhala Training Level I)

with Acharya Noel McLellan

September 11th—September 12th

Weekend retreat: The Art of Being Human is a secular meditation program that develops fearlessness, confidence, openness and gentleness towards oneself and our world. All are welcome. Continue »