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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

Heart of Recovery

February 8th—April 26th

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 »

Yoga Offering

March 1st—May 10th

A twenty-minute yoga practice focusing on simple and gentle breath based practice during Sunday morning meditation. Continue »

Meditation in Everday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld & Kathy Faas

March 2nd—March 30th

Mondays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: This is the first course in our core program, the Way of Shambhala. Continue »

Lojong: Training the Mind

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld & Dr. Lora Wiggins

March 3rd—March 31st

Tuesday evenings, 7pm - 9pm for five weeks Continue »

Learn to Meditate

April 7th

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

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Community Gathering and Celebration

January 31st—May 23rd

Please join the Columbus Shambhala Community for an evening of fine food and conversation on Saturday, January 31. The gathering will take place at 6 pm at 636 Chase Road. Please bring a dish to share, if you are able. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Sogetsu Ikebana Lessons with Sensei, Mrs. Yoshie Babcock

February 7th—May 2nd

Sogetsu Ikebana Lessons with Sensei, Mrs. Yoshie Babcock are being offered at the Center. New and continuing students are invited. Classes are offered only as a series, not as one time only / drop in. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Heart of Recovery

February 8th—April 26th

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 »

Madison Shambhala Center

Yoga Offering

March 1st—May 10th

A twenty-minute yoga practice focusing on simple and gentle breath based practice during Sunday morning meditation. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Meditation in Everday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld & Kathy Faas

March 2nd—March 30th

Mondays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: This is the first course in our core program, the Way of Shambhala. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Lojong: Training the Mind

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld & Dr. Lora Wiggins

March 3rd—March 31st

Tuesday evenings, 7pm - 9pm for five weeks Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

March 4th—April 1st

We can work with our anxiety, so that we are not blocked by fear. Through an exploration of the spacious nature of reality, we see life and death as they are. The meditator goes beyond hope and fear. Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

BASIC GOODNESS 2 - HOW CAN I HELP? (via SHAMBHALA ONLINE)

with Acharya Arawana Hayashi

March 15th—May 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 »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Yoga at Shambhala

March 15th—May 24th

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 Meditation Group of WNY Southtowns

Meditation in Every Day Life

with Jose Rodriguez

March 18th—April 15th

By making a deep connection to the present moment and understanding our mind through the practice of meditation, we learn to make friends with ourselves… Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Contentment in Everyday Life - Sundays

with Barbara Wolkowitz

March 22nd—April 12th - Date cancelled

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 Center of Lexington

Basic Goodness III: What is real?

with Shastri Shelley Heinz

March 23rd—April 27th

What is real? Simply asking this question opens up a world of other questions. Our course will provide the space and community to explore our relationship with our world and our assumptions about what is real. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality

March 25th—April 29th

This course asks the question, “What is real?” and focuses on a study of the phenomenal world. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Alice Dan & David Schreier

March 25th—April 22nd

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 »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart

with Susan Ryan

March 27th—March 29th

In Shambhala Training Level IV, we learn how to awaken and open our hearts so that we can communicate fully with the world. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart

with Patrick Dallas

March 27th—March 29th

With trust in basic goodness and daring to experience the sharp edge of reality, we move forward with gentleness, increased awareness, and inquisitiveness about the world, as it is. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

QiGong Levels 1 & 2

with Shastri David Stone

March 28th—March 29th

Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the healing Taoist practice of QiGong. Take this rare opportunity to receive instruction in two unique lineages, the Pre-celestial Limitless Gate and Yiquan schools, rarely transmitted in the west. Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

LEVEL I: THE ART OF BEING HUMAN

with Shastri Shelley Heinz

March 28th—March 29th

PLEASE CLICK CONTINUE TO REGISTER Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sunday Talk: The Shambhala Principle, Chapter 16

with Tom Golz

March 29th

Come for meditation and stay for this engaging talk and discussion over the book by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

April 1st

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 Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Introduction to Meditation

April 4th

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

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Learn to Meditate

with Melissa Van

April 4th

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

Shambhala Chicago

Community Shamatha Practice Day

with Shastri David Stone

April 4th

Join us for this extended meditation practice day. All are welcome! Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Ikebana Workshop

with Brooke Pohl

April 4th

Sangha member Brooke Pohl, Sogetsu Ikebana practiioner and teacher, is offering a 1-day workshop for Ikebana flower arranging. Continue »