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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

20th Anniversary of the Sakyong's Enthronement

July 5th

Celebration of 20th Anniversary of the Sakyong's Enthronement Continue »

Learn to Meditate

July 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 »

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

July 29th—August 26th

Thursdays from 12noon-1pm. This is the first course in our core program, the Way of Shambhala. Perfect for beginners. Continue »

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 »

Learn to Meditate

August 4th

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 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

Yoga at Shambhala

June 7th—August 9th

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

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 »

Matteson Shambhala Meditation Group

Meditation in Everyday Life

June 14th—July 19th

Meditation in Everyday Life presents peaceful abiding meditation, basic goodness, and ways that meditation practice can improve the quality of our daily life. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Lojong: Training the Mind

June 16th—July 21st

The teachings on lojong, or training the mind, are essential teachings on developing genuine compassion on the path of meditation. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Introduction to Meditation

July 4th

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

Shambhala Chicago

Viewing Party of Meditation, Mindfulness & Spirituality

July 4th

Let's us watch this CBS documentary featuring the Sakyong's recent visit to Chicago together! Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

20th Anniversary of the Sakyong's Enthronement

July 5th

We will practice and potluck as we commemorate Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche's 20th anniversary of his installation as Earth Protector. All are welcome! Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

20th Anniversary of the Sakyong's Enthronement

July 5th

Celebration of 20th Anniversary of the Sakyong's Enthronement Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Interdependence Day Gathering

July 5th

Join us to celebrate community through meeting, eating, sharing thoughts, jokes, songs and enjoyment, and to honor the Sakyong and our lineage. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Learn to Meditate

July 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 »

Shambhala Chicago

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

July 8th

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 $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

Movie Night

July 9th

Come and join us for movie night! We will watch BLESSINGS: The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Learn To Meditate

with Alice Dan

July 11th

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 »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Summertime Book Discussion Group

July 11th—August 22nd

Just the thing for summer - a book discussion group! Join us for 4 Saturday morning sessions in July and August to talk about an assigned book. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

July 15th

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 $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 Chicago

Sadhana of Mahamudra

July 16th

All are welcome to this Vajrayana practice. Please join us! Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

The Art of Being Human (Level 1)

July 17th—July 18th

The weekend program includes meditation practice, discussion, and individual meetings with meditation instructors. Continue »

Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center

Meditation Week

with Napa Chayaworakul

July 19th—July 25th

Please join us for a week of meditation practice. This retreat is for everyone-beginners to people who've been practicing for 50 or more years. Meditation instruction will be given from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, there will be walking meditation, Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Summer City Weekthun

July 20th—July 26th

This period of meditation, study and reflection offers an opportunity to deepen more fully into your connection with mindfulness-awareness practice and to contemplate your practice. Continue »