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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

January 3rd—April 24th

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 »

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Kathy Faas & Ann Hall

January 19th—February 16th

Tuesdays from 7-9pm. This is the first course in our core program, the Way of Shambhala. Perfect for beginners. Continue »

Mamo Chants: Year End Practice

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

January 31st—February 7th

Year-end practice to dispel obstacles in daily life Continue »

Basic Goodness I: Who Am I?

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld & Olivia Parry

February 3rd—March 9th

This is the first of the Basic Goodness Series which introduces the view of Shambhala in an experiential way. The primary practice is Shambhala Meditation. Continue »

Shambhala Day

February 9th

Annual celebration - everyone is welcome Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Sadhana of Mahamudra

May 4th—February 8th

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—May 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

Heart of Recovery

January 3rd—April 24th

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 »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society

with Acharya Adam Lobel

January 6th—February 17th

In this six-class course we will look deeply at the nature of society and our intrinsic desire to help one another. Through dynamic exercises, discussion, and readings we will explore this topic together. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Yoga at Shambhala

January 10th—May 1st

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 »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Ann Palomo & Dr. Marianne Reeves

January 14th—February 11th

In the Contentment in Everyday Life course, meditation experience is deepened through the cultivation of contentment and simplicity. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Fully Alive - Pema Chodron video course

with Scott Kamilar

January 19th—March 1st

Open to all. Each week includes meditation practice, viewing video teachings, and group discussion. No pre-requisites. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Kathy Faas & Ann Hall

January 19th—February 16th

Tuesdays from 7-9pm. This is the first course in our core program, the Way of Shambhala. Perfect for beginners. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Shambhala Sadhana Full Moon Practice

January 21st—February 22nd

These Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Practices are open to our entire sangha community, Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Joy In Everyday Life (JIEL)

with Janice Glowski

January 25th—February 22nd

Monday evening course: Joy in Everyday Life delves into the Shambhala teachings on cheerfulness and health. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Meditation In Everyday Life

with Thomas Adducci & Barbara Wolkowitz

January 28th—February 25th

Learn about peaceful abiding meditation, basic goodness, and how meditation practice can improve the quality of our daily life. By deepening our experience and understanding of ourselves through meditation, we can more fully become who we are. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Don Season

January 29th—February 7th

Annual Practice of pacifying the Dons in the period just before Shambhala Day Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Mamo Chants

January 29th—February 7th

Traditional lunar year-end protector chants practice to dispel obstacles in daily life. January 29 - February 7. All are welcome. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee

Don Season Mamo Chants

January 30th—February 7th

A special practice we do as a community during Dön Season is the Mamo Chants. By reciting the Mamo Chants, we tune into the protector principle of awareness and thus re-awaken our personal and communal connection with sacredness. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Dön Season Practice

January 30th—February 7th

It is traditional to practice the mamo chants during the 10 days closing the old lunar year. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Mamo Chants: Year End Practice

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

January 31st—February 7th

Year-end practice to dispel obstacles in daily life Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

City Weekthun

with Shastri Shelley Heinz & Shastri Gary Heinz

February 1st—February 7th

We will host a "city retreat" weekthun, local housing is available. All are welcome. Continue »

Madison Shambhala Center

Basic Goodness I: Who Am I?

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld & Olivia Parry

February 3rd—March 9th

This is the first of the Basic Goodness Series which introduces the view of Shambhala in an experiential way. The primary practice is Shambhala Meditation. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Sacred Path: Outrageous and Inscrutable

with Shastri David Stone & Alice Dan

February 5th—February 7th

This is the 5th class in the Sacred Path series. Prerequisites apply. The third and fourth dignities, Outrageous and Inscrutable, emphasize fruition and refer to the extraordinary skill of a practiced warrior. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Nyinthun - Day of Mindfulness

February 6th

There’s nothing like spending a few hours sitting and walking to experience one’s mind and “make friends with yourself.” Meditation practice deepens by doing it. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Mamo Chants

February 6th

Shambhala Day marks the end of one year's cycle and the beginning of a new one. To dispel the karmic accumulation of personal, social, andenvironmental chaos at the year's end, practitioners are encouraged to recite the Mamo Chants. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Drala Raising Day - Center Cleaning Day in Pittsburgh

February 7th

The Pittsburgh community is invited to gather together for a Drala Raising Day to clean and uplift our spaces and ourselves in preparation for the Year of the Fire Monkey. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Breathe, Open, & Transform: Diversity and Enlightened Society

with Gretchen Neve & Jean Marie Robbins

February 7th

With our shared humanity as basis, we reflect on who we are now and from where we each have come. Join us for body-centered contemplation, small groups and discussion of our individual and shared cultural heritage. Continue »

Matteson Shambhala Meditation Group

Joy in Everyday Life

February 7th—March 6th - Date postponed

Shambhala Chicago

Sadhana of Mahamudra

February 7th

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