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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 »

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 »

Working with Racism Mindfully

February 13th

Workshop for center members Continue »

Shambhala Art Weekend

with Miriam Hall

February 27th—February 28th

Stay tuned for details Continue »

Upcoming Great Lakes Regional Programs

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 »

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 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 »

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 »

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 »

Matteson Shambhala Meditation Group

Joy in Everyday Life

February 7th—March 6th - Date postponed

Shambhala Chicago

Meridian Touch Japanese Qigong

with Jennifer O'Hara

February 10th

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

Shambhala Sadhana Class

with Shastri Shelley Heinz

February 10th—March 9th

Open to those who have attended Enlightened Society Assembly and tantrikas who have the lung for the practice. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

M&M: Closing Reception for Tetrad Exhibit

February 11th

Please join us for the closing event for January's Gallery Hop exhibit, Tetrad. Continue »

Shambhala Center of Lexington

Shambhala Day

February 13th

Cheerful Shambhala Day! On this date we will celebrate the Tibetan New Year. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

Daoist Qigong Levels 1 & 2 REVIEW

with Shastri David Stone

February 13th

If you have taken the full, initial, Daoist Qigong Level 1 & 2 weekend, you are invited to start the new year of the Fire Monkey on the road to continued good health by participating in a group review session led by Shastri Stone. Continue »

Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Day 2016 - Year of the Fire Monkey

February 13th

Please join us for Shambhala Day 2016 to celebrate our new year, the Year of the Fire Monkey. Continue »

Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group

Shambhala Day Celebration & Potluck

February 13th

Shambhala Day marks the beginning of the Tibetan New Year (Losar), and represents one of the most important traditions of Shambhala Buddhist calendar. Continue »

Shambhala Chicago

The Shambhala Ball

February 13th

Ring in the start of the Lunar New Year in pomp and style! Dress to the nines and dance the night away. All are welcome! Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Shambhala Day Celebration

February 14th

Join us to welcome in the new year, with practice, celebration, and an online address by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Continue »

Cleveland Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Day!

February 14th

Welcoming the Year of the Fire Monkey and celebrating our community Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus

Shambhala Day 2016 - Year of the Fire Monkey

February 14th

A celebration of the lunar New Year, we gather to celebrate the wealth and richness of our human heritage and the dignity and worthiness of all beings. Continue »